Rakitic: The kids did well

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has credited the club's younger players after a second-string side progressed in the Copa del Rey with a 1-1 win over Valencia on Wednesday.

A 7-0 thrashing of Los Che in the first leg at Camp Nou allowed the Catalans to shake it up at Mestalla, where Alvaro Negredo pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of halftime before Wilfrid Kaptoum struck for Barca in the closing stages.

"It was a great chance for the younger players and they took it," Rakitic said. "We were able to try things out and that's important. We found that even using a different system we can do well.

"Among the squad, we didn't say anything about the unbeaten record. What matter to us are titles. We are on very positive form. We work hard in every training session. We need to be at 100 percent for the rest of the season."

While the Croatia international saw the match as a step towards more silverware, Kaptoum was delighted to have taken his chance to impress manager Luis Enrique, with the Cameroonian teenager's 84th-minute equaliser extending Barca's unbeaten run to 29 games.

"Personally I was really happy to score the equaliser," Kaptoum added. "I was pleased to help the team.

"We youngsters have to take every chance the boss gives us. We have to work hard in every training session to get chances in the first team. I am very grateful to the coach for putting his trust in me."

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