Can Valencia stop Barcelona? When the two teams met for the first half of Copa del Rey semifinal, Barca dominated Los Che. When they meet for the second leg on Feb. 10, can Valencia recover? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see every second of this match so click to watch!
Things are not looking good for Valencia. After they suffered a major loss to Barcelona in the first half of the Copa del Rey semifinal, the Bats are on the verge of elimination. Can they stage the most epic comeback in soccer history, or is time up for Valencia?
Barcelona travels to Valencia’s home turf at Mestalla Stadium on Feb. 10. Perhaps the home field advantage can help out The Bats fend off Barca’s attack? The action kicks off at 3:00 P.M. EST, so be ready to see what may be the ultimate upset or slaughter on the soccer field.
The match may be over before it even begins, as Barcelona completely destroyed Valencia during the first leg of this semifinal. Barca won with a score of 7-0, according to SB Nation. So, to progress to the next round, not only do The Bats have to net 8 points, they have to do so without Barcelona scoring. That seems pretty impossible.
However, there might be good news for the Bats, as Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has decided to have Lionel Messi, 28, Luis Suarez, 29, and Neymar, 24, sit out this match, according to ESPN. With Luis scoring four points and Messi nailing the hat trick in the first match, seems the manager figured these superstar could take a break.
Valencia doesn’t have that luxury in this match. “Let’s be clear: we must deliver,” Valencia manager Gary Neville said, per the Guardian. “I don’t think we deserved the last two defeats [in the league]. But the reality is that they are two defeats and I am aware of the consequences when you don’t get good results.”
Gary needs more than good results if he expects his team to stay in the Copa del Rey. He needs a miracle, considering that Paco Alcacer, Javi Fuego and Enzo Perez will be out for the game. However, Dani Parejo might give Los Che a fighting chance to go out with their heads held high.
Do you think Valencia can pull off the upset of the century, HollywoodLifers? Or has Barcelona already punched their ticket to the Copa del Rey finals?