Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Did Not Play A 'Well-Rounded Game'

by Leon Thompson March 1, 2019, 0:39
Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Did Not Play A 'Well-Rounded Game'

"We didn't score when we had our chances and there's nothing more to add about it".

"Luis Suarez scored twice and was instrumental as Barca crushed their big rivals to advance to the Copa del Rey final".

Real are now nine points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga but do have a chance to close the gap on Saturday when the pair meet in the league.

Solari has opted to leave the Spaniard out of the second-leg clash, with Madrid looking to build on a positive 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou in the first leg on February 6.

"We are upset. It was a hard blow", Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. "We didn't take our chances and they took theirs".

Barcelona won the latest installment of the Clasico on Wednesday night. Football is about goals, being ruthless, and taking your chances, and they did that.

Ernesto Valverde's side will now face Valencia or Real Betis, currently tied 2-2 on aggregate following their first leg, in the final on May 25 in Sevilla.

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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.

"Coming here recently we've been picking up good results and we're in another final". It would leave the Champions League as the only competition in which it can still succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.

It's clear that Vinicius is heavily involved in his side's play.

Yet Barca went ahead against the run of play in the 50th minute as Ousmane Dembele led a counter-attack and Suarez slotted his pass into the net.

Casemiro said there was no reason to discuss Juventus' Ronaldo once again, despite the former Madrid star's absence being felt by the European giants."We can not talk about a player who is not here", Casemiro told reporters, via AS.

Some Madrid fans began leaving the Bernabeu not long after Suarez's penalty hit the net, and a few chants protesting against club president Florentino Perez also followed.

Here is how Twitter reacted after Real were crushed 3-0 by Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals.

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