The two teams meet in the semifinal first leg at the Bernabeu on Thursday
Xavi's response to if Real Madrid are favourites to reach the final of the Copa del Rey was unequivocal. The Barcelona coach did not hesitate to point out that Los Blancos are favourites, regardless of Barça's injuries and current situation.
"Madrid continue to be the favourites, regardless of [Barça's absences of Lewandowski, Pedri and Dembele], they are reigning Champions League and LaLiga champions. The Spanish Super Cup has nothing to do with it," said Xavi, who played down the importance of what happened in the last meeting between the two sides.
"We are a team in the process of construction, I think Madrid are favourites. I have to be honest, I don't mind saying it," he added.
"We are on the verge of a final and that motivates us. We will give our all and we will compete toe-to-toe."
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