Barça's Bartomeu: Isco? We'd certainly talk to Madrid

Barça's Bartomeu: Isco? We'd certainly talk to Madrid

Barça's Bartomeu: Isco? We'd certainly talk to Madrid

The last fixture between these two super clubs resulted in a 5-1 hammering for Real Madrid and triggered Julen Lopetegui's sacking.

Barca's French forward Ousmane Dembele is unlikely to be fit for the game, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

"If La Liga ended tomorrow or if it was our last game, maybe [I would take a risk]. but if a player has an injury, whether it's Messi or not, I prefer to be careful".

"It is true that sometimes we have had doubts with players and we have waited until the last moment", said Ernesto Valverde of Messi's availability.

Solari meanwhile has practically a full squad at his disposal, with only little-used defender Jesus Vallejo unavailable.

They arrive for the first-leg match at Camp Nou enjoying their best period of the season and with almost all of its players available.

"It's harder when you have all the players available, because it means you have to leave someone out", Solari said.

Benzema and Vinicius have wreaked havoc thus far.

Valverde can only name 18 players in his final match day squad, though, so one player will have to miss out.

It is unclear whether Messi - the all-time Clasico top scorer - will be fit for the game after ending Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Valencia at the weekend with a knock. The run in the Copa Clásicos is completed by the draw in Barcelona during the second leg of the 2011/12 quarter-finals.

However, when the team sheets came out ahead of Wednesday's clash, Messi was not included in the Barca XI, making way for summer signing Malcom.

"Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid".

A year earlier, in the 2012/13 campaign, there was a Clásico in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

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