Following the club's convincing Copa del Rey victory over Real Murcia on Wednesday evening, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has asserted that eliminating the Segunda Division B side makes him appreciate just how far his own side has sbo
come this term.Neymar's departure left many expecting the Blaugrana to struggle this season and a disastrous Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid furthered that belief, however the club has since bounced back going 13 LaLiga matches unbeaten."Eliminating Murcia in this way makes me appreciate how far we've come," he explained in his post-match press conference."Even though the format of the tournament sbo
doesn't allow for surprises, you have to play at the same level as normal."Things are never easy, however I am happy."The good feeling emanating from the Catalan club this season has been palpable, every match seems to make Los Cules more confidence, a feeling that the former Athletic Club coach has noticed."I have a good feeling generally," he intimated."This team has shown a great attitude and have been very focused. Towards the end we declined, but I'm pleased with those who participated today. sbo
"Oriol Busquets was one of the star performers as the 18-year-old was given a surprise start, the Spanish coach was very complimentary about his passing game."He is a Barcelona midfielder, that is clear," he confirmed."He can help us in the passing game, although he must improve defensively."I would have liked him to play the whole match, however I didn't want to risk keeping four of our young players on the pitch."The format of the Copa del Rey has been a subject of much debate as the two-legged structure tends to hand an even further advantage to the perceived superior side, Valverde himself was non-committal when pressed on the subject."Everyone has their own opinion on it," he stated. "Last year Alaves made it to the final; although it's true teams in the top leagues have a better chance over two legs."There are more chances of a shock in a single tie, however I respect all opinions."