Real Madrid Vs. Atlético Madrid, Copa del Rey 2013 Final: Last Call For A Title

David Ramos

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid will have its last chance of winning a title this Friday against Atlético Madrid (21:30 CET). Los blancos have been playing amidst controversy throughout the last few weeks but they could still end the 2012-2013 in winning fashion. Sergio Ramos and Mesut Özil will finally be available for Jose Mourinho.

Whether this will be Mourinho's last big game in Real Madrid's bench or not, everyone should be focused on beating Atlético Madrid. That's what Sergio Ramos said in today's pre-match press conference. Mourinho decided not to speak to the press, but he'll probably speak about his future after this Copa del Rey Final.

With Varane's meniscus injury, the Portuguese coach will be forced to play with Pepe or Albiol alongside Sergio Ramos. Pepe's recent comments about Mourinho will probably keep him out of the lineup, so Real Madrid could form with Arbeloa, Albiol, Ramos and Coentrao in the defensive line.

Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso have been resting for this match in the last few weeks, but Luka Modric's recent performances could earn him a spot in the lineup as well. The Croatian player has made an impact as of late and could be an option for Mourinho to control the tempo of the game effectively. Khedira and Alonso are very valuable for him though, so it would be a surprise not to see these two players pairing up in the team's midfield.

Since Özil, Di María and Cristiano Ronaldo seem ready for this match as well, Real's attacking midfield might be easy to guess. Benzema should also be Mourinho's choice for the striker position.

It could be risky for Real Madrid to play this Copa del Rey Final at the Bernabéu. The pressure is on Real Madrid's side and Atlético Madrid seems to enjoy that. They are a very dangerous side on the counterattack and they really have nothing to lose. Falcao and Diego Costa will surely be Atlético's main threats, but Real's defenders should also be careful with Arda Turan and Adrián.

Real Madrid's fans still remember the famous centenariazo. Deportivo A Coruña managed to beat los blancos at the Santiago Bernabéu in the Copa del Rey Final in Real Madrid's 100th birthday. Atlético Madrid might have been wise by agreeing to play in the Bernabéu. Real Madrid is not a team that deals with pressure particularly well and that could benefit Simeone's side.

Still, Real Madrid have the best players and should win the game quite comfortably any given night. Los blancos even managed to beat Atlético's best side 1-2 at the Calderón without Cristiano Ronaldo and some other key starters. Atlético Madrid haven't beaten Real Madrid for 14 straight years and that streak should continue if everything goes as expected.

It's a shame that Real Madrid's controversy about the future coach has taken the focus out of this match. It would be a very beautiful game otherwise but both the journalists and fans might be more worried about Mourinho's post-match press conference than the game itself. That could benefit Real Madrid, though, as it might take some pressure off the players' shoulders.

If Real Madrid is able to win this Copa del Rey, the team would rescue what could've been a very negative season for the club. If not, this could be the start of a really long nightmare for every madridista, depending on Florentino Pérez's decisions.

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