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Madrid out of ideas in loss to Barca

Updated: January 18, 2012, 9:50 PM ET
By James Martin

Iker Casillas said, going into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, that the Clasico was becoming decaffeinated. In other quarters, Spain has been branded the new Scotland -- too much of a good thing, a place where there are too many Old Firm matches to maintain fan and media interest. We know, based on last season's El Fiascos, that familiarity breeds contempt. It has also generated some scintillating football, a goal within 21 seconds, physically inspiring counters and tiki-taka at its ...

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