Real Madrid boss Solari wants Barcelona's Messi to play in Clasico

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The Catalan giants host their fierce rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final first-leg. "On the left wing, Vinicius is playing well and Bale has his difficulties", Mijatovic told Cadena SER .

It would also be hard to leave out Vinicius, who has taken full advantage of Bale's absences to become a regular starter and a popular player with Madrid fans.

Lionel Messi has been included in Barca's squad despite being hurt during their 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday, but Mijatovic doubts any risks will be taken with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor.

Of course, tiredness could be an issue, but that is natural for a big club that usually is in two or three competitions at the same time and Barcelona aren't any different. Third choice goalie Luca Zidane is now the only casualty in a strong Los Merengues' side which will be raring to go at Barcelona from the first whistle at the Camp Nou. The French striker has 18 goals, six more than he had in all of last season.

"In a semi-final between Barca and Madrid there's no favorite".

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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.

The encounter saw Phillippe Coutinho score a brace, while Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi added their names to the scoresheet to complete the 6-3 aggregate win.

Bookmaker companies consider Barça the favorites in this clash. The forward was then included in the squad announced at 1900 GMT on Tuesday.

Their 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid earlier in the campaign led to Julen Lopetegui losing his job as coach just months after taking over.

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