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FC Barcelona announce squad for Mestalla

Luis Enrique, talks with Barça B players Kaptoum, Cámara, Romera, Gumbau and Samper. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Head coach Luis Enrique released the names of the 18 players who will travel to Valencia for tonight’s Copa del Rey semi-final return leg

FC Barcelona are just 90 minutes away from another Copa del Rey Final. After routing Valencia 7–0 in the first leg of the semi-finals at Camp Nou last Wednesday, the second leg is on tap for tonight, at Mestalla. With a comeback practically beyond the realm of possibility, Valencia can only hope to play the spolier by keeping Barça from setting a new record unbeaten streak, currently at 28 games.

Several Barça B players — Wilfrid Kaptoum, Sergi Samper, Dani Romera, Juan Cámara and Gerard Gumbau — have been training with the first team this week and will make the trip south, along with Under-19 player Carles Aleñà. Those six will travel aling with twelve first team players: Ter Stegen, Masip, Douglas, Rakitic, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen and Mathieu.

Rest has been granted to habitual starters Bravo, Piqué, Sergio, Alves, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano and Alba.

Luis Enrique determined to win 'strange' second leg against Valencia

Luis Enrique oversees the Tuesday session at the Ciutat Esportiva / MIGUEL RUIZ- FCB
The FC Barcelona manager admits that the seven-goal lead makes for a peculiar situation on Wednesday, but he’s going into the match with the same ambitious mentality as ever

Barça have a massive seven-goal head at Mestalla on Wednesday night (9.00pm CET) in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final with Valencia.

But manager Luis Enrique is treating the game very seriously, as was apparent from his comments at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

Here’s a selection of quotes from the Ciutat Esportiva pressroom:

Wednesday’s game

“It won’t be an easy game, and it will be a bit strange after the result of the first leg. But it’s a good test for us, because it’s the chance to show that we are still competitive in any situation. We need to forget about the first leg result and go and play to win like we always do. We have no idea what kind of Valencia we’ll be up against.”

The unbeaten streak

“Numbers are great as long as they help to lead us towards titles.”

Sergio Busquets

“He got some rest against Levante the other day because he only played 20 minutes. He is one of the most used players this season, and that shows how much weight he carries in the team.”

“He’s a world class player and we all know how important he is for us.”

Highlight of 100 matches

“I have very fond memories of the Champions League Final against Juventus. It was nice, interesting game. But it was also the game with the most tension in the build-up.”

Rafinha

“We don’t know whether Rafinha will be able to help us this season. He’ll still be out for another month and a half and it’s not very easy with injuries like these. You can’t afford to rush things.”

Last session before cup trip to Valencia

An acrobatic Dani Alves during the Tuesday training session / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The first team players are joined by Samper, Gumbau, Kaptoum, Cámara and Romera of Barça B for the Tuesday morning workout

Luis Enrique and his squad were back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Tuesday morning for the final training session before the Copa del Rey semi-final at Valencia on Wednesday night at 9.00pm CET.

With a 7-0 lead from the first leg, Barça could not be in a better position, and for today’s training session, on a sunny but windy morning with a pleasant temperature of 18ºC, the first team manager called on the services of five players from the reserve team, namely Sergi Samper, Gerard Gumbau, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Juan Cámara and Dani Romera.

When and where to watch Valencia v Barça

The game at Mestalla will be available for viewing in every continent / FCB
After winning the first leg 7-0, Luis Enrique and his team now travel to Mestalla, and here’s a guide to help you find the match on TV

FC Barcelona are in Valencia on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final. After winning the first leg 7-0, they couldn’t be better poised for place in the final, but there are still another 90 minutes to be played.

The game is being shown all around the world, but if it’s not available in your country or region, then you can also listen to live to English commentary on Radio Barça, or follow all the news on any of our social networks.

WATCH THE LAST GAME ON BARÇA GAMEPASS

Wednesday, 10 February

Canada – Vancouver (12.00 PM) / Toronto (3.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com, @fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN Sports Canada, beIn Sports en Español

United States – Los Angeles (12.00 PM) / New York (3.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

beIN Sports en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., fuboTV

Latin America – Mexico City (2.00 PM) / Bogota (3.00 PM) / Santiago (5.00 PM) / Buenos Aires (5.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es & www.fcbarcelona.es

LaLigaTVCOPA

Brazil – Brasilia (6.00 PM)

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LaLigaTVCOPA

United Kingdom – London (8.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

LaLigaTVCOPA

France – Paris (9.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN Sports 2

Barcelona (9.00 PM)

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Canal+ Partidazo & Abono Fútbol

Africa – Dakar (8.00 PM) / Yaoundé (9.00 PM) / Cape Town (10.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona, www.fcbarcelona.com@fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

Turkey – Istanbul (10.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

Russia – Moscow (11.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

LaLigaTVCOPA, LAOLA1.TV

Arab Countries – Doha (11.00 PM)

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beIN Sports Arabia 13 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 3 HD

Thursday, 11 February

India – New Delhi (1.30 AM)

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Indonesia – Jakarta (3.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id & www.fcbarcelona.co.id

China – Beijing (4.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cn

LaLigaTVCOPA (Hong Kong)

Japan – Tokyo (5.00 AM)

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LaLigaTVCOPA

Australia – Sydney (7.00 AM)

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Luis Enrique press conference ahead FC Barcelona v Valencia

Luis Enrique, en roda de premsa / FCB
The Barça manager appears before the media at the Ciutat Esportiva to talk about Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match that kicks off at 9.00pm CET

Beginning at 12.30pm CET, follow the press conference LIVE as FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique answers questions from the media the day before his team is set to face Valencia.

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