Ernesto Valverde would ‘prefer to play Barcelona’ in the next round of the Copa del Rey after eliminating Villarreal.

An Inaki Williams goal confirmed victory for the Basques over the Yellow Submarine and with the quarter-finals in mind, Valverde was asked who he wanted to meet next.

“I’d prefer to play Barca. We’ve played them a lot and we know what they can produce,” he replied, AS reports.

“I’m satisfied to go through and with how we played. We played a serious game. It was a close match and we wanted to dominate it and I think we did.

“The idea was to score and not concede. It went well and in the end we got through, which is what we wanted.”

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