Luis Suarez has admitted that Barcelona must be ‘switched on’ when they face Valencia in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final next Thursday.
Barcelona are now in a pole position to reach a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final after Luis Suarez’s winner saw off Valencia 1-0 at the Camp Nou. The Uruguayan wizard scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona won the first leg of the semi-finals and in the process, Suarez made it 16 goals in 16 games, which means that Barcelona are now just 90 minutes away from the finals of the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona dominated most of the game against the rival who created very few chances but were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities to take a more convincing advantage into next week’s return leg. The breakthrough moment in the game came in the 67th minute when Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi worked on their way in down the left, with the latter scooping across to Luis Suarez who dived in to register goal of the match.
And, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both crashing out in the quarter-finals, Barcelona now also fancy their chances of winning a record-equalling fourth title in a row. Barcelona now carries a one-goal lead over Valencia when they face each other next at Mestalla.
However, Suarez still believes that the battle is far from being completed and his teammates must be switched on when they face Valencia in the second leg. Speaking after the game, Suarez said: “It’s a minimal advantage that we have because there are 90 minutes left. Valencia at home are always stronger and even more so in a Copa semi-final.”
Barcelona's last 9 goals.. Wonderful. pic.twitter.com/GFwmM3DjsX
— FC Barcelona (@BarcaUniversal) February 1, 2018
The result extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run at home in the Copa del Rey for five years, having last tasted defeat against Real Madrid in 2013. Speaking of it, Suarez said: “What doesn’t leave us calm is that they didn’t cause us problems, this is important, it shows they respect us. We had chances despite the little space we had, they had chances although they didn’t go in.”
Suarez has now scored 12 goals in his past 10 games and speaking of this, he said: “It’s always important to help the team, today with another goal and we hope to continue like this.”
The second leg will be held at the Mestalla next week as Barcelona continue to dominate on all fronts. But the battle is far from being completed. Luis Suarez and his teammates should be at their best if they want to qualify for the finals.
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