Arnaiz impresses Valverde on Barca debut

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde liked what he saw from the debut of winger Jose Arnaiz in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Real Murcia in the Copa Del Rey.

The 22-year-old Spaniard scored the third goal at Estadio Nueva Condomina shortly after Gerard Deulofeu's second half strike, with Paco Alcacer having made the breakthrough just before half-time.

"He's a player with self-assuredness," Valverde said of Arnaiz. "He has the goal in his head.

"I believed he could help us in this game and that it's good for [the B team players] to come and face a situation like this.

"He scored a great goal, he has a powerful shot. It's a first step. We'll see if we can help us more."

It was a routine victory for Barca in the two-legged tie, with the return leg scheduled for late November.

"It was a typical day in the cup," Valverde added. "The opponents had a lot of enthusiasm. In the first half, we weren't too clear. In the second, we managed to get two more goals. 

"It's true they played well at times but I'm happy because the B players made their debut, we won and we have to keep going."

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