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Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona meet in Champions League semifinal

Iker likes Real Madrid over Barcelona in the first of their two-part Champions League semifinal today. And, although it’s a bit dizzying because the teams are playing the third of four matches over 18 days, why would you pick against a squid, er, octopus when it comes to what may be the greatest rivalry in sports?

Nothing against the octopus, but Luis Suarez likes Lionel Messi and Barcelona. “I think that despite everything, the favorites are still Barcelona because two legs are not like one game,” he told goal.com. “If you look at the Copa final they did not lose that in 90 minutes but in extra-time. Therefore I think Barca will have something more. Both games will be very difficult, but I hope we see football, not battles.”

Tensions are high and Barcelona is under the gun today, having played to a 1-1 draw in La Liga and then losing 1-0 in extra time on Cristiano Ronaldo’s header in in the Copa del Rey final. (That triggered an epic celebration in which the trophy slipped from the hands of Sergio Ramos and beneath the wheels of the team bus.)

Barca have this type of linked football, but they were surprised by Real’s aggression," Suarez said. “However, they will play like they are used to with fast possession football. Madrid will try to close the spaces.”

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