Luis Suarez believes there is still plenty of life left in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final with Valencia despite netting the winner in a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp.
Barca will take a narrow advantage to the Mestalla next week after former Liverpool striker Suarez headed the only goal of the game from Lionel Messi’s cross in the second half.
The LaLiga leaders are in pole position to secure a fifth consecutive appearance in the final, but face an in-form Valencia side that Suarez knows are capable of providing an upset at home.
“It’s a minimal advantage that we have because there are 90 minutes left,” Suarez said in quotes reported by Marca.
“Valencia at home are always stronger and even more so in a Copa semi-final.”
Having suffered a 7-0 humiliation in this fixture last season under the management of former England defender Gary Neville, Valencia went about their task cautiously this time around.
They were on the back foot for most of the game, trying to contain Barca’s attacking players, and as a result struggled to create any clear-cut chances.
“What does leave us calm is that they didn’t cause us problems, this is important, it shows they respect us,” Suarez said.
“We had chances despite the little space we had, they had chances although they didn’t go in.”