Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that he does not want his side to be drawn with hated rivals Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey. The Catalan giants have been in brilliant form this season and were imperious again in the competition last night, thrashing Celta Vigo 5-0.
Valverde who has been impressive at the helm in what is his first season with the club, revealed that he does not want to face Madrid, not because he is scared, but because he wants to meet them later in the competition.
“I don't want to be drawn Madrid, but I have to say that so we can play them later in the competition", Valverde said after the game, as quoted by Football Espana.
The Argentinian also opened about their move for new signing Yerry Mina, claiming that he has all the ability and talent to fit in at their club.
Ernesto Valverde on CdR QF draw: "The truth is that I wouldn't like to get Real Madrid."— RMadrid Edition (@RMadridEdition) January 12, 2018
"He's player that the club have been following for some time, and we think he can help us. He's young, he has potential and he's confident in his ability. We'll see how he adapts to our style, the League, European football… He needs time to adapt, but we hope he can help us this season", he added.
The Catalan giants have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, currently placed on top of the La Liga table with 48 points from 18 games, nine ahead of second placed Valencia and will next be seen in action on Sunday night when they travel to face Real Sociedad.