Barcelona failed to advance to the Copa Del Rey semifinals this season after being eliminated by Athletic Bilbao. Midfielder Sergio Busquets is one player who seems disappointed with the fact. According to him, Quique Setien’s troops performed well and deserved to escape.
The Catalan giants travel to San Mames Barria to face the host of Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the Copa Del Rey on Friday morning (07/02). In that match, Barcelona appeared to dominate since the first minute.
Unfortunately, in the 90th minute + 3, goalkeeper Ter Stegen conceded an own goal by Sergio Busquets. The Spaniard mistakenly anticipated Inaki Williams’s cross, so that his header was directed towards his own goal.
Talk statistics, Barcelona is far superior. They even recorded 68 percent control of the ball throughout the match, and opened 16 shots with five of them on target. Meanwhile, Bilbao only opened one shot on target.
No wonder Sergio Busquets claims that Barcelona actually performed well in the match and deserves to qualify for the semifinals.
“We were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey in a bad way. We won at home on the weekend, but not today. We played well and deserved to get away, “Sergio Busquets was quoted as saying by Marca.
Of course this is sad, especially since Barcelona have never missed the Copa Del Rey final in six consecutive seasons. But, Busquets are reluctant to continue moping, Barcelona can still fight for two other competitions, the Spanish La Liga and the European Champions League.
“It’s a sad day for everyone. We don’t want to be eliminated, but we still have two competitions where we will continue to fight, “said the 31-year-old.
Failure in the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals adds to the bad record for Barcelona in this 2019/20 season. Because, before this they had lost the top of the standings after losing surprisingly at the Valencia headquarters.
In addition, the club is also being hit by negative news related to the conflict between Lionel Messi and Eric Abidal’s sporting director. The feud between the two camps was allegedly related to the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in early January.