How to Watch Espanyol vs. Barcelona

Lynette Rowe
January 19, 2018

Samuel Umtiti is edging closer to making a return to action but Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde suggests that the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals against Espanyol on Wednesday night [17 January] will come too soon for the France global. The last game they had lost in any competition was in the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid on August 16.

Perhaps the realisation that it as going to be one of those nights dawned when, in the sixty-second minute, Lionel Messi saw his penalty saved by the Espanyol keeper, Diego Lopez, after Sergi Roberto had been fouled.

Ernesto Valverde's men were in full control in the latter stages of the half but they found it tough to break down the the hosts. "In a week we'll see them at the Camp Nou".

The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu is on Jan 24.

Barcelona and Espanyol will meet again for the second leg on January 25.

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"We hope that the supporters don't insult the players and throw things at them".

"Luckily, the return game is at home, too, and we will have to go all out for the win". "We know already playing Espanyol at Cornella is hard".

"I've been at Espanyol since the age of six", he said. He had been playing little bits of matches as he returned and the plan for him was to come back little by little.

"Espanyol are in a good run of form, as the numbers show, " said Valverde, who guided the club to the final of the 2007 UEFA Cup at Hampden Park, where they were beaten on penalties by Sevilla.

"We have players injured, others with knocks and we have to try and pick the best team for each game considering all circumstances".

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