Malaga vs. Barcelona: A Cup Tie Fit for a King

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Malaga vs. Barcelona: A Cup Tie Fit for a King
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The two-legged King's Cup tie between Barcelona and Malaga has thrown up two of the best games of the Spanish season so far. 

Two sides that keep the ball on the deck, pass intricately and are devastating on the counter-attack: it's cup football at its purest as 25 goal attempts in Thursday's return leg proved.

The Spanish obsession with the Clasico is set to be reignited next week after Barcelona slipped into another gear in the final turn to see off the challenge of Malaga with a 2-4 return leg victory, but these encounters have been worthy of a final.

Say what you like about Jose Mourinho. The man has done Spanish football one good service by taking the cup seriously since he arrived in the capital.

Manuel Pellegrini, who will always be remembered at the Bernabeu for the Alcorconazo, almost masterminded the coup of the century but Barcelona, under the direction of Jordi Roura, was just too good in the end.

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