There was a lot of hype surrounding the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final between Barcelona and Valencia, and boy did they deliver! Despite only one goal scored, the two teams put on a show at Camp Nou and Barça came out as winners thanks to a great goal from Luis Suárez.
Barça and Valencia clash again on Thursday night in the second leg, and this should be even more fun. Valencia had a very good defensive performance at Camp Nou, but to advance to the Final they’ll have to change to a more attacking, goal-hungry style. The amazing thing about Valencia is that they can change to any style they want thanks to the talent in the squad and the coaching talent of Marcelino García Toral.
Ernesto Valverde is also a pretty good coach, though, and he’ll surely come up with a nice plan for his Barça side. This game will probably have more goals than the first leg, but it’ll be just as good. And just as fun. And just as must-watch. Don’t miss it.
Competition/Round: Copa del Rey semi-final, 2nd leg
First leg result: Barcelona 1-0 Valencia
Date/Time: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 9.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8.30pm GMT (UK), 3.30pm EST, 12.30pm PST (USA), 2am IST (India, next day)
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, València, Spain
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM COPA DEL REY
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Kwesé Sports 1 (Nigeria), others
How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
Barcelona (4-4-2): Cillessen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Gomes, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Valencia (4-4-2): Jaume; Montoya, Gabriel, Garay, Gayà; Parejo, Coquelin, Kondogbia; Vietto, Zaza, Rodrigo