Pre Match Video
Luis Enrique, Barcelona head coach (On Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia)
“We take into account that we are talking of Copa del Rey semi-finals, a very attractive and important stage. As for the difficulties we expect those attached to Valencia as a team with a few variations from the Nuno (Espirito Santo) era. A team that dares to put pressure and has a remarkable individual technical quality. And as it happens with these kind of knock out round it will be tough.”
“We already can appreciate things that have changed with the Valencia coached by (Gary) Neville. There are differences from the Nuno (Espirito Santo) era. They make definitions in a different area of the pitch. Offensively you can see new signs of identity. The have players that can reach the opponent area through the wings in an efficient way. They are capable of making transitions with quality and speed. Interesting things they already had before, but you can see the work of the new coach. Having said that when it comes to achieving results from those changes you know that in football everything is relative.”
(On Pep Guardiola taking over at English Premier League club Manchester City)
“As a football lover and as a friend of Pep (Guardiola) seeing him in another league I can say he loves challenges and this is one more. I am sure it will be a great era for his next club. We will be able to enjoy an idea of football that is not the usual one in that country. The next and following seasons will be very attractive when it comes to football to see how he will be capable of transmit and manage his idea.”
BARCELONA SUBS: Masip, Bartra, Vermaelen, Adriano, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Munir.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Mathieu, Alba; Turan, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
VALENCIA SUBS: Domenech, Ruben Vezo, Zahibo, Cheryshev, Feghouli, Mina, Negredo.
VALENCIA (4-3-3): Ryan; Barragan, Mustafi, Aderlan Santos, Siqueira; Barbosa, Parejo, Andre Gomes; Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gaya.