Barcelona looks to go back-to-back-to-back by winning their third consecutive Copa Del Ray. Standing in their way is Hercules, just when Barca decided to rest their star players. Uh-oh. What will happen when these two squads face off on Nov. 30? Don’t miss it?
Hercules (yes, there’s a Spanish soccer team with the same name as the Roman demigod) better watch out. Barcelona is not just the defending Copa del Rey champ, but the soccer squad might be in a bad mood. After falling even further behind Real Madrid in La Liga, Barca might be rather grouchy for this game. Expect the Catalans to work out their frustrations when the game starts at 4:00 PM ET.
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However, don’t expect Lionel Messi, 29, Neymar, 24, Luis Suarez, 29, Jordi Alba, 27, Gerard Pique, 29, or any of the usual starters to play this game. Manager Luis Enrique, 46, has given them, plus Ivan Rakitic, 28, Sergio Busquets, 28, and more to miss training for this game, according to the International Business Times. Why are the starting XI getting day off? Two words: El Clasico.
Barcelona will face Real Madrid in La Liga on Dec. 3 and Barca wants to hit Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, Karim Benzema, 28, Gareth Bale, 27, and the rest of Los Blancos with all their firepower. With Real six points ahead of Barca in La Liga, FCB can’t afford any more draws, like their disappointing 1-1 showing against Real Sociedad.
Despite sharing the name of a mythical man of divine strength, Hercules CF — or Hercules de Alicanted Club de Futbol, S.A.D. aka Los Herculanos (the Herculenas or The Greeks) – aren’t that strong. They currently play in Segunda Division B, the third level of Spanish soccer. However, Albert Dalmau, 24, who once trained in Barcelona’s La Masia academy, isn’t worried.
“I don’t see it as a bad time for us to meet Barcelona – quite the opposite,” he said ahead of the game, per Bleacher Report. “The sooner, the better in my opinion because it will give us the chance to react.” Good luck, Albert. You may not be facing Messi, who’s known for winning games on his lonesome, but you’re still facing a powerful squad.
Who do you think is going to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Hercules will be strong enough to beat Barcelona, or will the Catalans claim another victory?