FC Barcelona vs Valencia Copa del Rey : Match preview
Gary Neville is “unbreakable” in his hardcore determination to win over Valencia fans.
The former Manchester United and the England defender is facing tough calls for his sacking after a terrible first two months as manager placed at the Mestalla.
Neville has not won a single one of his first nine La Liga games and the the squad have slumped to 14th position in the Primera Division table, only four points above the relegation zone.
Speaking at a press conference in relevance to Wednesday’s FC Barcelona vs Valencia Copa del Rey semi-final second leg, the 40-year-old said: “The fans of this football club were here long before me and will be here long after me. It’s in their heart, their soul, it’s what they live for.
Valencia shortly host Espanyol at the weekend in what Neville has aptly described as a must-win game.
Neville is focusing intently on that home league fixture right now rather than the midweek encounter against Barca solely because his team are almost already out of that cup tie having been brutally assaulted 7-0 in last week’s disastrous first leg of FC Barcelona vs Valencia battle.
Neville said: “Obviously to get the result and go through is near-on impossible.”
Neville further added that 17-year-old midfielder Francisco Villalba would be included in his squad while goalkeeper Diego Alves could well be back in contention after being more than eight months out with a serious sort of knee injury.
The pressure is completely off Barcelona as they just look to formally confirm their place in the final after the FC Barcelona vs Valencia match today but coach Luis Enrique does not really want to ease up in this Barcelona vs Valencia clash as well.
Barca equaled a fantastic club record of 28 matches unbeaten with their Sunday’s victory at Levante and they have the solid incentive of establishing a new benchmark today.
Enrique remarked at a press conference: “It won’t be an easy game, and it will be a bit strange after the result of the first leg.
“We have no idea what kind of Valencia we’ll be up against.”