Messi shines again as Barca stroll into Cup quarters

Messi shines again as Barca stroll into Cup quarters

Messi shines again as Barca stroll into Cup quarters

Sevilla defeated fellow Andalusian side Cadiz 2-1 at home for a 4-1 aggregate win, while Espanyol overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 away to join Barca in Friday's quarterfinal draw.

"We can't think that the result is in our favour because then there is the risk that we will make a mistake", he continued.

Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi scored twice as Spanish giants, Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 on Thursday night to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Ernesto Valverde recalled his big guns for the second leg as Messi, Suárez, and Iniesta were named in the starting 11. The Brazilian has finally arrived at Camp Nou following several unsuccessful attempts and this deal should serve as a major lift ahead of the business end of the season. Jordi Alba and Thomas Vermaelen are available after shaking off minor knocks. The good news is that the Sky Blues are still mere six points behind Europa League positions, while another positive is that the team appear to be on the mend.

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On Wednesday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-2 draw with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.

The France worldwide has not played since suffering the problem in a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo on December 2.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde rested some of his best players for the first leg, including Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, both of whom could return for the second leg. Messi will, as always, be the best player on the pitch should he feature, but Valverde could choose to give another chance to Jose Arnaiz, 22, who scored in the first leg and is the latest B-team player looking to break into the first team.

La Liga-leading Barcelona has been busy off the field, landing the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina in the transfer market, but both South Americans will not take part on Thursday.

Barcelona started the game on the front foot and never took the foot off the pedal in the first half.

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