Luis Enrique was pleased with the display against Atlético and doesn't mind which team FCB face next. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Following a thrilling game against Atlético, especially the first half, Luis Enrique was delighted with everything he had seen as his team qualified for the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup.

On the performance: “I was happy with my whole team, even with the way they recovered from such a strange situation in the first minute. Despite all the difficulties of playing here, we managed to find spaces. I am very pleased with their display against a top level team.”

On Barça’s winning form: “There are good and bad moments over the course of a season. This is a very good one. We are confident and getting results. All positive results are a boost for our confidence.”

One two-goal hero Neymar Jr: “He’s a daring player. He does a lot for us. He scores goals and goes on solo runs. Nobody will ever change him but we don’t want him to change. We like him to be brave! But the game started getting ugly and we thought it would be better for him not get involved and so I took him off.”

On the refereeing: “It’s the three officials who decide. There is a lot of tension in these games and that makes the referees’ job difficult.

On whether Barça play Getafe or Villarreal next: “We’d like to it to be whichever team deserves to be there. I have no preferences.”


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Bartomeu: “A first half to enjoy”

Josep Maria Bartomeu was delighted with the team’s showing at the Calderón, saying that “it was a first half to be enjoyed.” Like Luis Enrique, he too wished to take the focus away from the refereeing decisions. “They have a very difficult job and we should respect them” he said. And also in agreement with his manager, the FC Barcelona president has no preferences regarding potential semi-finals opponents. “I’m sure either of them will make things difficult for us” he commented.