Ernesto Valverde was naturally delighted after the 5-0 defeat of Celta to reach the last eight of the Copa del Rey.

“The first half was extraordinary on every level” he said. “We were fully concentrated against an opponent who we respect very highly and who have made things difficult for us this season.”

Leo Messi and Jordi Alba have been scoring goals and creating dangerous chances all season. They are players that always find each other and that have struck some great form.”

And on the latest addition to his defence, Colombian Yerry Mina, the coach commented that “he is a young player with potential and we thought he could help us out. We’ll have to see how he adapts to the league and to Europe.”

And as for a potential meeting with Real Madrid in the next round of the cup, he merely answered that “I hope we don’t get them.”

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