Barcelona vs Real Madrid: why Barcelona players wrote Chinese on their t-shirts?

Barcelona welcome Real Madrid to the Nou Camp for the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal.

The meeting of the Catalan giants with Real Madrid tonight is the first of the three matches between the teams in 25 days, with the return leg on Wednesday, February 27th and a meeting with the Liga on Saturday, March 2nd.

And for tonight's game the Barca players will have the Chinese writing on the back of their shirts.

T-shirts will have Chinese characters under the names of the players, the first time the club has added new characters to the back of the shirt.

The reason for this is Barca that opts to commemorate the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th and ends on February 19th. This year is the year of the pig.

The festival is usually called the Spring Festival in mainland China and Barcelona is doing its part to celebrate what will undoubtedly please their legions of Chinese fans.

Speaking ahead of tonight's match, the Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, admitted he expects a tough fight.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: players will have their name in Chinese above their shirt number

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: players will have their name in Chinese above their shirt number (Photo: GETTY / BARCELONA VIDEO)

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: the club wants to commemorate the Chinese New Year (Pic: BARCELONA VIDEO)

"It's a draw, we have great players and they too, some of the best in the world, it's a special game," he said.

"It's a semi-final and playing against Real is another incentive to reach the final.

"At Real Camp, Real Madrid usually plays good matches and even though we were superior in the league and we were in a delicate emotional moment, we expect Real Madrid to be at their best."

Meanwhile, Santiago Solari picks up his first El Clasico.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Ernesto Valverde's team faces Los Blancos at the Camp Nou (Pic: GETTY)

"What we expect is a good game, it's a" Clasico "," he said.

"I would like everyone to appreciate it, we expect to play a great game, obviously, just like we did lately, and win.

"In football it's always good if the best players can play every game, that's it."

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