Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Tonight Is Jose Mourinho's Best Chance for a Title

Luis HerreraAnalyst IApril 20, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 16:  Sergio Busquets (L) of Barcelona holds head coach Jose Mourinho (R) of Real Madrid by his shirt as they chat while head coach Josep Guardiola of Barcelona looks on in the background during the la Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 16, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Tonight the two Spaniard giants will face each other for the second time in their four-game series. Real Madrid and Barcelona will play the final of the Spanish Cup at Mestalla Stadium, in Valencia.

The 1-1 draw in their league match of last Saturday virtually decided La Liga in favor of Barcelona. With an eight-point advantage and just six weeks in the schedule, Los Culés will get their third title in a row.

Today these teams will be deciding the second crown in dispute between them, maybe the less important: the Copa del Rey.

However, despite being the less important tournament in dispute, it could also be the best chance for Jose Mourinho’s men to get a title this season.

Let’s be honest: The strength difference between both sides is still important. Real Madrid made a big effort to rescue a draw in the league, but Barcelona could easily have won that game if they really meant them.

Their match in the UEFA Champions League will have the Catalan side as heavy favorite. Right now there is no team in the world able to beat Pep Guardiola’s men in two legs.

However, anything can happen in 90 minutes. An early red card, a great night by Iker Casillas or Cristiano Ronaldo, an injury or a refereeing mistake could give Real Madrid the chance they need to beat their bitter rivals.

Barcelona can afford to lose this final. Real Madrid can’t.

If Barcelona wins tonight, it will be too hard for Los Merengues to recover mentally from already losing the two local competitions against Los Culés.

If Real Madrid takes the Cup home, the Blaugrana side will still have the edge for their Champions League clash due to the bigger importance of the league.

Jose Mourinho knows it and he won’t save anything for their next matches. Today is the day Real Madrid can end their three-year title drought.

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