Pique fit to start for Barcelona against Valencia

Pique fit to start for Barcelona against Valencia

With the final entry, Barcelona have made it into the last stage of the competition for a staggering fifth year in a row. coming from 1-0 advantage at the Camp Nou, Valencia never looked troubling for a composed Catalan side as they kept their unbeaten run intact in the competition while earning praise from manager Valverde.

According to Opta Stats, Luis Suarez assisted Philippe Coutinho's first Liverpool goal back in February 2013 and has done the same thing again, but this time for Barcelona.

Coutinho was brought off the bench at half-time for his fifth appearance since his £142million switch from Liverpool last month and scored four minutes after the restart, sending the ball into the corner of the net having slid to meet Luis Suarez's cross.

Leading 2-0 on aggregate, Barcelona were in the driving seat and wrapped up the semi-final tie in the eight-second minute when Ivan Rakitic finished off a quick counter-attack.

"It's a really special moment for me because I have just arrived. I finally got it today and it helped the team advance to the final".

"Barca have been used to playing finals in recent years, but not so much in my case", said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, for whom the win came on the eve of his 54th birthday.

The three-time defending champions next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final.

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"It seems incredible, but every day Messi gets better and better, as a teammate I can only take advantage of my moments with him", the former Liverpool midfielder told 8TV.

Watch Coutinho's first goal down below.

"I saw that the change was clearly needed", Valverde said in his postgame news conference.

"We're really happy to reach the final".

Valencia had centre-back Ezequiel Garay carried off and then saw Cillessen make an incredible save to deny Jose Gaya from point-blank range in the 74th minute.

The only concern for Barca will be the sight of Pique in obvious discomfort after going off late on to be replaced by €11.8m man Yerry Mina, who made his debut.

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