Valverde: Barca ‘deserve’ cup final spot
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.
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."