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Ernesto Valverde says he ‘saw a lot of good things’ in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win

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The boss has given his verdict

Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde says he saw a lot of good things during Barcelona’s narrow win over Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

The Barca boss made plenty of changes to his side for the game, giving youngsters and fringe players a chance, and seemed pleased with their performance.

“The team had the right winning attitude” he said. “But it was hard to get our game flowing and we lost a lot of balls because they were coming in so strong. Football is always a permanent test, but I did see a lot of good things today.”

“My players looked good. They shouldered a lot of responsibility. The youngsters are used to playing in Division 2B, but it was much harder today because Cultural upped the intensity.”

Source | FC Barcelona

The team needed a stoppage-time goal from substitute Clement Lenglet to secure the win. The two teams will meet again for the second leg of the tie in the first week of December at the Camp Nou.