Barcelona liked a two-legged matchup with Real Madrid, particularly if the home team hosted the second game.
The outcome of the Copa del Rey semi-final draw was welcomed in the Barcelona locker room. Real Madrid would rather play two games, with the return match taking place at Camp Nou. Since the semi-finals won’t be played until the following month, Ousmane Dembélé will have time to rest up, at least for the second leg.
Due to Real Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup on the dates set for the first leg, Barcelona will have nearly a week off following their match against Sevilla because they won’t have to play a midweek match. This will allow them to prepare for their trip to Villarreal and their Europa League match against Manchester United.
The players cheered when they learned who their opponents were while watching the draw in person at the Ciutat Esportiva. The Blaugrana were open to playing their bitter rivals as long as they had home field advantage since they were still thinking about the Spanish Super Cup.
The Real Madrid match has thrilled the club’s coaching staff as well, particularly since it allows them some breathing room in the calendar for the next weeks. They would have had a very hectic month of February with three contests and two games per week if they had faced any other opponent. The players will have more time to relax and heal since Madrid cannot play in the semifinals in February because of the Club World Cup.