So they are the weakest Barcelona team in years, and their recent results do not lie.
Real Madrid meanwhile are on for the treble and the greatest season in their history, but will have to win without Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is setting up to be a classic Clasico, a Copa final to remember and one that will go down in history.
Never before have Barcelona had so much to prove, and the likes of Lionel Messi and co do not take too kindly to being told it is the end of an era.
The Copa may well be the only trophy they can win this season, with the title in the hands of the duo from Madrid, and the Champions League long gone – courtesy of Atletico Madrid.
Excuses will not be tolerated. The Cules cannot even point to the fact that they are missing Victor Valdes this time around – the keeper never plays in the Copa, that is the trophy normally reserved for Pinto, who has carried the mantle in all competitions since the sickening injury to Valdes.
They have had their problems that is for sure, and perhaps that is what you have to expect when your star player has so much influence in who the new coach is – not to mention the fact that all their money was spent on Neymar, not the defenders they so desperately needed.
Real Madrid meanwhile can be very hit and miss this season, and no matter how well the likes of Gareth Bale and especially Angel Di Maria are playing, the loss of Ronaldo is huge.
Only against Sevilla has the man from Madeira scored more goals and he tends to shine on the big occasions – especially when criticism has been aimed his way, and it certainly was after the last league meeting between the pair.
Carlo Ancelotti could well lead Real Madrid to their coveted La Decima, the Liga and also Copa, yet is still facing claims that his job is under threat and the likes of Roberto Martinez are being considered as successors.
Typical Real Madrid really.
So it is all set up. Catalan versus Castilian, Real Madrid versus Barcelona. A Clasico to remember? We certainly hope so.
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