Next Game

R Vallecano v Barcelona

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 17:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Last Game

PSG 3 - 2 Barcelona

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group F

Copa del Rey midweek preview

Barcelona will look to ensure their recent blip does not develop into something more serious when they take on Malaga in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie on Thursday.

Last Updated: 22/01/13 at 11:57 Post Comment

Andres Iniesta: Determined to overcome Malaga

Andres Iniesta: Determined to overcome Malaga

Barca started the season in record-breaking fashion, winning 27 of their opening 31 matches in all competitions as they established a huge lead at the top of the Primera Division as well as making comfortable progress in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.

However, things have not gone so smoothly for the Catalan giants over the last week.

Last Wednesday they were held 2-2 at home by Malaga in the first leg of their cup quarter-final, while on Saturday they suffered their first league defeat of the season after going down 3-2 at Real Sociedad - having led 2-0 after 25 minutes.

While those setbacks may not be a major cause for concern, Barca know they will need to do better on Thursday or risk seeing the defence of their Copa del Rey title came to an end at La Rosaleda.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta said: "We're not thinking about being eliminated. We have to have the conviction that we're going to win in Malaga and be in the next round.

"Of course they could get through, we're playing against a team with great players, who are playing at home and have two away goals, but at no point have we thought about being knocked out."

If Barca do get through then it seems likely they will face arch rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Madrid head into their second leg against Valencia on Wednesday boasting a 2-0 lead from last week's first meeting at the Bernabeu and also with morale sky-high following Sunday's 5-0 mauling of Los Che at the Mestalla.

To make matters worse for Valencia they will be without talismanic striker Roberto Soldado through injury, but defender Ricardo Costa has warned Madrid not to expect to have it so easy again.

"We have to win on Wednesday. We know that Real Madrid are going to be more relaxed and it's going to be a totally different game," he said.

"We have to use our heads, not like Sunday.

"It's going to be difficult to turn it round, but we must at least try to cause Real Madrid problems. We need to show our personality and not make the mistakes we did in the league. We have nothing to lose."

Madrid's neighbours Atletico also boast a 2-0 lead heading into their second leg against Real Betis on Thursday but the Primera Division high-flyers look set to be without star striker Radamel Falcao after he picked up a hamstring injury at the weekend.

Midfielder Koke is also wary of the threat posed by Betis, who are fourth in La Liga, saying: "They are showing their potential in the league. We're going there with humility and we hope to respond well to what will be a tough and difficult game in Seville."

The other quarter-final between Sevilla and Real Zaragoza is locked at 0-0 going into Wednesday's second leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property