Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is delighted that his team are into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after a fairly “quiet” match against Espanyol on Wednesday.
Defending champions Barca beat their Catalan rivals 2-0 in the second leg of their last-16 match at Cornella-El Prat to advance 6-1 on aggregate with both coming from Munir El Haddadi.
Munir’s first goal came after 32 minutes with Lionel Messi providing the assist and the 20-year-old finished things off with another goal in the 88th minute.
“I liked it although we started slowly and played with hesitation,” Enrique told As.com after the match. “After the first fifteen minutes we finally got into the game and dominated proceedings. We suffered a little but we’re happy to be through to the next round.”
It was the third time in less than two weeks that the Catalan clubs have met with the first game, a 0-0 La Liga draw, proving particularly feisty. Things were less heated on Wednesday though.
The two Catalan clubs have faced each other three times in less than two weeks, much to Enrique’s relief.
“One needs to put everything into context. Wednesday’s game was a quieter affair and the first leg result had a factor in this,” he said.
“To be honest, the only game which was out of control was the first one. The second game was full of incident and it was difficult for Espanyol to put us under pressure.”