Paco Alcacer, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique & Lionel Messi celebrate Copa del Rey semi-final victory

Related News

Related Club News

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga giants "deserve" their spot in Copa del Rey final

Posted: 9 February 2018 Time: 16:00

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde claims his side "deserve to progress" to the Copa del Rey final following Thursday's 2-0 win over Valencia.

New Barca signing Philippe Coutinho opened his scoring account for the club four minutes into the second-half before Ivan Rakitic made sure of the win eight minutes from time to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win.

REPORT: Barca through to Copa del Rey final

And, speaking after this week's Mestalla victory, Valverde said: "We faced a team who were very motivated with a city behind them.

"In the first leg, Valencia didn't let us score many, in the second we have dominated despite them having good chances, but we deserve to progress.

"We dominated the first game but weren't clinical, today they threatened on the counter, we played our cards.

"I would have preferred to suffer a lot less and have everything in front of us before, Valencia were very dangerous on the counter and created problems with good players.

"The move where they hit the post could have put them through."

Article by: Staff Reporter
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to