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Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez embrace after Barça's third goal at El Madrigal. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After Barça's 3–1 victory at El Madrigal, Neymar Jr said he was proud that the team has reached their fifth Cup final in seven years: "We're very pleased with the work we've done, we knew was a tough game and I want to congratulate the whole team. We'll play to win in the final."

Neymar also wanted to commend Villarreal: "They're a great team, they have many quality players and that is why we came out aggressively."

More statements from the players:

Luis Suárez

"A berth in the final is special. After so many years to get to five in seven years demonstrates the greatness of this club."

"A final is 90 minutes and you never know what might happen."

"Players know when can't afford a yellow card and I knew how to deal with the situation."

"Obviously when you're Barça you have to try and win every competition you have. I know what a final means and we'll try to win it."

"Every week I try to help the team and every week I feel better on the field and that gives me more peace of mind."

Andrés Iniesta

“The feeling is good always when you get to a final. We should be proud and we are happy with the work we have done in the previous rounds. Now we can focus on the league and the Champions League.”

“When you have a result in your favour it is not easy to protect it. You don’t have to attack and we knew that Villarreal would have chances. In the end we have scored three goals and we leave happy to be in another final.”

“We hope Busquets’ injury is not serious at all.”

“You have to try and make good runs of form last as long as possible. We have a chance in the league and in the Champions League we have the tie in our favour. We are on the up and now we have to think about the game against Rayo on Sunday.”

Gerard Piqué

“We are on a really good run, at times we have had little crises, but if you look back it is well worth praise.”

“I am very happy with how things are going this season. Now we can leave the Cup Final to one side and focus on the league and the Champions League.”

“It’s difficult mentally to have the game in your favour like the first leg and then go 100% in the second. Our mentality is to always play attacking football. It’s true that Ter Stegen has had more to do than normal but in general we have played well.”

“Obviously the injury to Busquets is bad news, he is vital player for us so we hope he is back as soon as possible.

Rafinha

“It has been a difficult game, we have given everything from the first minute and now we have to win the final.”

“I try to give everything in every game. The face that I have played in the three games against Villarreal is a coincidence.”

“We still have not won anything and we know the final will be very tough.”

“My team mates are not tired of winning and that is very important for us. For me it’s my first final and I am excited.”


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