Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has
challenged his team to qualify for the Copa del
Rey final, by defeating Barcelona in their last four
Atletic have been drawn against the holders,
with the winner of the tie set to meet either
Alaves or Celta Vigo in the final.
Simeone said he was not surprised to be playing
Barcelona at this stage of the competition and
called on his players to show they deserved to
go all the way.
“I value it as a semi-final and it’s normal to face
these against major teams, we’re used to that,”
he told a news conference on Friday.
“To reach the best, you have to be champion and
you have to go through them [Barca]. They’re
the best in the world.
“We’ve had five years here and I don’t
understand any way to be champion other than
to face them. They’re usually in the semi-finals
of the Copa, of the Champions League…
“It’s the normal road for the Copa.”