Barcelona manager Luis Enrique says his side will have no mercy on Gary Neville’s struggling Valencia when both sides clash at the Estadio de Mestalla on Wednesday.
The Catalans boss insists his lads are determined to win the ‘strange’ second leg Copa del Rey tie against under fire Gary Neville despite the absence of first leg hat trick hero Lionel Messi..
Messi who underwent several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December according to the club is expected to return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday but will not be part of the squad to face Valencia.
Barcelona go into in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final with Valencia with a massive seven-goal lead Courtesy of a Messi hat trick and a Luis Suarez double-brace in the first leg but manager Enrique is treating the game very seriously after admitting that the seven-goal lead makes for a peculiar situation on Wednesday, insisting he’s going into the match with the same ambitious mentality as ever.
“It won’t be an easy game, and it will be a bit strange after the result of the first leg. But it’s a good test for us, because it’s the chance to show that we are still competitive in any situation.
“We need to forget about the first leg result and go and play to win like we always do. We have no idea what kind of Valencia we’ll be up against. Numbers are great as long as they help to lead us towards titles.” The Barcelona boss told the club’s official website.
Enrique and his squad had their final training session before the game on Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Tuesday morning for the final training session where he called on the services of five players from the reserve team, namely Sergi Samper, Gerard Gumbau, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Juan Cámara and Dani Romera.