FC Barcelona qualified for the Copa del Rey semifinals for the eighth consecutive time, beating Espanyol (2-0) in the return leg of the quarterfinals. Ernesto Valverde said after the game: "We competed well, because in the Cup there are no easy matches and Espanyol kept us alert until the last moment."

The Barça coach also spoke about Philippe Coutinho: "We have high hopes for him and we know that he can help us. He creates good situations and when he’s near the area he can be dangerous. The game was not simple, but he played well and we are happy with his debut."

Finally, he thanked the Camp Nou public, who turned up in their thousands and provided the second highest home attendance of the season. "We play for them, and we like them to come to the stadium because this type of atmosphere favours us," he concluded.

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