Enrique: We want to win everything

Luis Enrique says Barcelona's 7-0 win over Hercules in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday was a massive boost to his side ahead of the Christmas break.

A number of first-team players including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique were excluded from the match – having already been sent on holiday – with Jeremy Mathieu injured and Marc-Andre ter Stegen rested for the last 32 second leg tie.

There was still some work to do to overcome the 1-1 first leg result, but after Lucas Digne's 37th minute opener, it was all one-way traffic.

Ivan Rakitic added a second on the stroke of half-time before a 50th minute goal from Rafinha, and Arda Turan's first of the night on 55 minutes.

Paco Alcacer opened his account for the club with 73 minutes played, with Turan scoring a second and a third in the 86th and 89th minutes.

After the match Enrique praised his players while congratulating Alcacer for scoring his first goal for Barcelona.

He told the club's official website: "We knew that they would set up similarly to the first leg, with many players behind the ball, making it difficult to find spaces. But we remained patient to continue generating (chances) through our possession.

"It is a match that gives a boost to many of the players and the team."

He added: "Against a narrow team, we wanted to make the pitch bigger, that is why we moved the full-backs higher up.

"We moved the ball around well which led to them becoming tired. In the second half, more spaces and more chances arrived.

"I like all competitions, we are an ambitious team and we want to win everything.

"I am happy with Paco Alcacer’s performance, as we all are. He is a goalscorer who helps us a lot.”

Alcacer added that it was an honour to score for Barcelona: "It is special to score in this shirt at the Camp Nou."

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