Real Madrid - Copa del Rey

Barcelona-Real Madrid: a Clásico in the Copa del Rey final

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NEWS | 17/02/2019 | Edu Bueno

The Whites are one win away from their fifth Copa title in the last six years (7:30pm CET).
Real Madrid and Barcelona, or in other words, the two most decorated teams in the competition, with 51 titles between them (27 for the Whites, 24 for the azulgranas), meet once again in the Copa del Rey final 2019, a repeat of last year's showpiece in Gran Canaria. It's the seventh time this decade that they cross paths in the final, with six wins apiece so far. Laso's men have the chance, in their sixth successive final, to clinch their fifth Copa in six years, the sixth in eight, and will be hoping they can do so in their home city in front of their fans, who are sure to be the dominant voice at the WiZink Center tomorrow.
The best possible final at the best possible venue. Spanish basketball's El Clásico set to decide the second trophy of the campaign so far. Real Madrid have already made off with the first, the Super Cup  in Santiago, beating Baskonia. This particular clash is an even affair when it comes to finals. Of the nine Copa showpieces since 2010, six have pitted the great rivals against each other, with one team being present in every final this decade. Laso's men have beaten Barcelona in three of the last four. Last time out in Las Palmas, it was the azulgranas who lifted the trophy after a controversial final in which a foul on Taylor which would have forced overtime was not awarded.

It's Real Madrid's sixth final in a row.

Both teams come into the clash in fine form, having dominated their quarter and semi-final ties, though the Whites were more convincing winners. Real Madrid first saw off Estudiantes by the second-greatest deficit in the tournament's history (94-63) before overcoming Joventut (93-81). Meanwhile, Barcelona did the same against Valencia Basket (86-79) and earned a hard-fought win over Iberostar Tenerife (92-86). So far this term, it's one win apiece. Pesic's men won the League encounter 86-69 before the Whites came out on top in the Euroleague by 27 points (92-65).
Ayón and Deck, key men
As two heavyweights collide, it's sure to be the finer details which decide the game. The madridistas must fine the balance between attack and defense which make them essentially unstoppable. They'll have to match the azulgranas rear-guard intensity and restrict them on the triple, as they boast above 40% success-rate so far. For Real Madrid, it's the Ayón-Deck pairing who are at the top of the stats charts. For Barcelona, their Copa stars so far have been Heurtel, Ribas and Hanga. 40 minutes are separating Laso's team from adding to their ever-growing legendary status.