Pique believes Barca’s Copa del Rey record will never be beaten

Mar 01, 2019, 00:41
Pique believes Barca’s Copa del Rey record will never be beaten

"We scored three goals but didn't have that many chances".

And Reguilon's performance again showed that he deserves to be starting, with his importance to the team illustrated early on when he made a crucial clearance to prevent Sergi Roberto from latching onto a cut-back from Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid couldn't put Barcelona away when it had the chance, and ended up being dealt a hard blow by its biggest rival.

The win was also historic as Barca became the first team in Copa history to reach six consecutive finals.

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"They were a lot more efficient than we were", Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. Football is about goals, being ruthless, and taking your chances, and they did that.

Bidding to win the trophy for a record fifth year in a row, the Catalans will face either Betis or Valencia, who drew 2-2 in the first leg of their semi-final and meet again on Thursday.

Out of favour midfielder Isco has missed Real Madrid's last five matches, while central defender Nacho is suspended for the visit of Barca after he was sent off for two bookable offences at Levante last time out in the league.

Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade. "We have the best players in the world also".

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It's clear that Vinicius is heavily involved in his side's play. The Blaugrana once against broke through the break and Ousmane Dembele saw Luis Suarez's run and squared the ball.

"We are sad because we wanted to play in the final but we go out with our heads held high", Madrid coach Santiago Solari said.

Ernesto Valverde celebrated his 100th match in charge of Barcelona on Wednesday, and has a chance to strike another double blow with a repeat result in his 101st on Saturday, by knocking Madrid out of contention in the league.

With hope draining from among the home fans, Suarez rubbed salt into Madrid's wounds with a chipped penalty four minutes later, leaving Madrid out of the competition and no doubt eager to avenge the defeat in Saturday's La Liga showdown.

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