FC Barcelona achieved a hard-fought draw at the Sanchez-Pizjuán (2-2) against Sevilla, with two late goals from Luis Suárez and Leo Messi. The Barça coach, Ernesto Valverde, stressed: "A team has to have faith in itself. We have risked a lot, but our insistence meant a prize.”

The coach reviewed the match, saying: "The game was very bad, because in the first half they mounted dangerous counterattacks after our corners, though we also had some clear opportunities. In the second half they felt comfortable.” He added: "There were times when we didn’t control the game because we were risking a lot, and their counters were very dangerous. But on the basis of our insistence, of being in the final third, in the end we achieved the draw.”

The dress rehearsal for the Copa del Rey has left both coaches with a lot to think about, and Valverde continued: "It was a fundamental match for us, against our rival in the Cup final. Getting a draw like this, with the spirit of the team, gives us a lot. Sevilla are a great team. If the match had lasted five more minutes, I don’t know what would have happened.”

The Barça players also spoke after the game:



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