Copa Del Rey 2013: Biggest Reasons Why Real Madrid Will Clinch Tournament Final
And while their opponent is still yet unknown—with Sevilla playing Atletico Madrid on Wednesday—the Spanish powerhouse will be too good in the final here. Regardless of who they play in the final, Real Madrid will be crowned the 2013 Copa del Rey champions.
Want to know what allows such a bold statement to be made?
Read on to see the biggest reasons why.
Victory over Barcelona
If Real Madrid was going to be eliminated in the Copa del Rey final, going down to Barcelona at the Nou Camp would have been the most likely outcome.
The La Liga leaders had been in dominant form all season long, and hadn't lost at the Nou Camp all year, yet through the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo and the tactical success set up by Jose Mourinho, Los Blancos emerged with a seemingly comfortable win in hand.
And whoever they play in the final, it will no doubt be a much simpler game than playing the Catalan club on their home ground. After all, if they can win at the Nou Camp when the pressure is at its highest, the final should (ironically) be much easier than that.
As bizarre as that might sound.
Due to the pressing, passing style of attack that Barcelona constantly employ, Madrid had to sit back and try to hurt their opponents on the counterattack. Their attacking dominance was not displayed to the full extent, but as we've seen against the vast majority of their opponents this year, Mourinho's side is more than capable of causing havoc right across the pitch.
The Champions League Round of 16 fixture can attest to that, and whomever they play in the Copa del Rey final will do the same.
Cristiano Ronaldo will float into the middle; Angel Di Maria will do the same. With Mesut Ozil causing havoc on either side of that trio, Madrid's attack will no doubt chalk up a plethora of shots on target and attacking opportunities for Los Blancos.
And given how they scored three goals in the semifinal on hardly any chances, one can only wonder how deadly they will be with more opportunities.
Whoever Madrid plays in the final, you can expect that the Spanish champions will be able to individual battles waged right across the field.
They'll be able to do that with their incredible squad depth, which gives them a myriad of options depending on what they need in certain circumstances.
Jose Callejon, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric—all were unused substitutes for Los Blancos here, and given the form that Kaka has been in as of late, it's an incredible testament to the depth of talent that Real Madrid have at the moment.
However, they need to line up to have the strongest and most complete team in the final. Their squad is simply that good right across the field.
Who do you think will win the 2013 Copa del Rey?
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