Copa del Rey preview: Real vs. Barca

Can Pep Guardiola's side raise its game (again) against its archrival?

Updated: January 18, 2012, 11:03 AM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

Just before two teams that have already scored 203 competitive goals between them this season do battle once again, it might seem strange to talk about defense rather than glory in their extravagant attacking power. But that's the groove I'm in right now.

The Copa del Rey has paired holder Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona again, this time in the quarterfinals, just as it did for an epic, bruising and ultimately deeply significant final in April. Los Blancos won that night at the Mestalla, ...

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