Luis Suarez’s second-half goal gifted Barcelona the advantage in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie against Valencia.
Ernesto Valverde’s side struggled to find a way through their resilient opponents until Suarez headed home Lionel Messi’s cross in the 67th minute.
It leaves the return fixture on February 8 finely poised.
"I wouldn't say the score is not that bad because I think the score is good because we won the match,” Valverde reflected, per Goal.
"Winning a match is really difficult and we did. Valencia didn't score, so we have to think that 0-0 is good for us at Mestalla but we won't go there looking to draw the match. We will go for trying to win it."
Eventually, Barcelona’s talent told. Any team that has Messi and Suarez in it, no matter how badly they’re struggling to score, always poses a threat.
But we saw the other side to Suarez last night, the side that has got him into trouble on a number of occasions.
Suarez insulted Gabriel - and Gabriel responded
Gabriel Paulista, tasked with stopping the former Liverpool striker, has revealed that Suarez used a derogatory term to insult the defender.
Suarez called Gabriel a “cagon”, which translates to 'sh*tty’ or, less offensively, a coward.
Gabriel’s response to Suarez was truly class.
"These are matters for the pitch," the former Arsenal defender told reporters, per Marca.
"He told me that I was a cagon, and I told him that he was a good player, that he was the best No. 9 in the world.
"But that stays on the pitch, now we forget it and that's it."
Fair play to Gabriel for being the bigger man. Bet Suarez felt rather sheepish after hearing his response.
The Brazilian defender was proud of Valencia’s efforts, although he realises overcoming the deficit against “the best team in the world” won’t be easy.
"We fought until the end as Marcelino wanted, it's the first battle and we had to give our all for the team," he added. "Now onto the next game.
"I don't see myself in the final yet, Barcelona are the best team in the world and we have to come out ready to make sure we are in the final."News Now - Sport News