Barcelona star Lionel Messi insists he and his teammates will ‘need the club’s fans’ if they are to overcome Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-final.
The Copa del Rey final this season will be held at the Estadio Benito Villamarín – the home of Real Betis – it has been confirmed by the Spanish FA.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has ‘no regrets’ about resting a series of stars during Wednesday’s 2-0 Copa del Rey defeat at Sevilla.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has remained positive despite his side’s 2-0 defeat at Sevilla in the Copa del Rey: “We still have the second leg.”
Levante have called for a temporary suspension of the Copa del Rey until their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is heard.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic insists the furore over the club’s possible Copa del Rey elimination did not impact on the ‘focused’ first-team squad.
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has allayed concerns over the club’s potential elimination from the Copa del Rey: “We have no doubts.”
Ousmane Dembele netted a brace and Lionel Messi scored as Barcelona progressed to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals with a 4-2 over Levante on aggregate.
Levante president Quico Catalan has confirmed the club will lodge a formal complaint against Barcelona with the Spanish FA for playing an ineligible player.
Barcelona face the prospect of disqualification from this season’s Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player against Levante, report El Mundo.
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