Madrid boss Solari unhappy with scheduling ahead of Copa Clasicos

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

"We'll see if he can complete the session, if he will show that he is in condition to play".

The calendar means that Barça will play on Saturday before the first and second leg of the Clasico semifinal in the Copa del Rey - with the first leg on Wednesday at Camp Nou. "If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different".

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said the uncertainty about Messi wasn't affecting his team's preparations.

"There is still one practice session left, we'll see how he's feeling", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

"This action is added to the video of congratulation for the Chinese New Year that was made by the club and released this Monday, with the participation of first team players Leo Messi, Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Samuel Umtiti", said the statement.

If Messi manages to recover even partially, I think the decision will be up to him more than the manager, given his status at the club.

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Luis Suarez was obviously instrumental when Messi was out with injury for a few weeks in the first half of the season and the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are back in form, too.

Every player loves these big clashes, and Messi is in great form, so even if the manager tries to persuade him to rest, I think it would be hard to convince him of not playing. But Barcelona face a crucial test as they will play against Real Madrid three times in the span of a month amidst their Champions League fixtures.

Against Sevilla, they went all out last week to claim a 6-1 win and turn a first leg's deficit in the Copa del Rey, whereas over the weekend, they had to come from two goals down to pick up a point against a resolute Valencia side. Yes, Valverde rotated his team for previous rounds, but this is a special match that no one wants to lose and is also important to get a good result before the trip to Bernabeu. "We are in a decisive part of the season".

"Real Madrid usually play well at the Camp Nou", Valverde said. "We are expecting them at their best".

Madrid sit eight points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga but have won their last five games in a row in all competitions.

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