12.30 - SQUAD ARRIVES IN MADRID FOR CUP CLÁSICO
The Barça squad flew to Madrid on Wednesday at midday for this evening’s Copa del Rey first leg against big rivals Real. President Sandro Rosell has joined the 19 players picked by Jordi Roura. Barça are in Madrid, ready for tonight’s Copa del Rey semi final first leg showdown at the Santiago Bernabéu. They left El Prat Airport at 11.00 and arrived in Madrid an hour later, where the temperature is 12 degrees centigrade. The party is being led by president Sandro Rosell. He is being joined by vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu and directors Toni Freixa, Pilar Guinovart, Joan Bladé, Javier Bordas, Silvio Elías and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca. Once in Madrid, they were transferred to Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower, where they will rest until kickoff at 21.00. Jordi Roura has named 19 players in the squad for the ‘cup clásico’.