Barca eye healthy first-leg lead

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique admits the target in the Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia is to "set things up nicely for the second leg".

The defending champions will face Los Che in the first leg at Camp Nou and they are overwhelming favourites as Gary Neville's side are struggling to string together a good run of from.

Enrique, though, is wary of the visitors.

"After everything this club has done in recent years, it’s only logical that they’re saying we’re the favourites. But we have to prove that we’re better on the pitch," he told the official Barcelona website.

He added: "You can already see what Neville has done with Valencia. They are great at getting the ball into the area, and they have some quality players to move the ball up the field. The manager has made changes and we’ll have to deal with them.

"They are a team that dares to generate pressure and they have some fine individuals. This wasn’t an easy draw for either for us. But we’re hoping to play well and set things up nicely for the second leg."

The Catalan giants, though, are always strong on their home turf and the Barca boss is determined to build a healthy advantage in the first leg.

"We always like to win the first leg and not think about the second. That’s the best way to tackle games like these."

He continued: "We are the defending champions of most competitions we play in, so what we have to do is go out and defend those titles."