Barcelona will square up against Atletico Madrid in their upcoming King’s Cup semi-finals on Friday while Celta Vigo takes on Deportivo Alaves.
Diego Simeone‘s side will play host to Barca in what is expected to be a clash of the titans.
Barcelona and Spain international footballer Sergi Roberto thinks it’d be a great relief for La Blaugranas to win their first leg encounter.
Luis Enrique has however dismissed any threats posed by Atleti as they prepare for an action-packed match. The 46-year-old Spaniard said this week that his ideal final match would be against his former club Celta.
However, Roberto believes Barca can only live that dream by winning at Estadio Vicente Calderon and hoping for another successful outing at Camp Nou on 7 February.
The 24-year-old revealed his fear comes comes from the fact that Atleti is the only club to have defeated La Blaugranas on both legs.
Barca sent Los Rojiblancos packing from the Cup’s quarter-final stage in 2015 after gaining victory with a 4-2 aggregate. Regrettably, Simeone’s side lost 2 men and had to fight with only nine against eleven.
“It’ll be important to score at the Estadio Vicente Calderon,” Roberto said.
“The key is in the small details, because that’s what makes the difference.
“We know each other well, it’ll be difficult, so we’ll have to play two big matches since it’ll be very demanding,” the versatile right-back added.
Another Atleti star player Koke, who is also the club’s captain, said in an interview: “They (Barca) are one of the best teams in the world so it’s going to be a great tie and the games will be very tough.
“The tie will be decided by details, especially concentration, which we’ll need if we’re to go through.”
Barca have cruised on its way to this stage, winning Real Sociedad (6-2) while Atletico thrashed Eibar 5-2. Deportivo Alaves won 2-0 against Alcrcon on aggregate.
La Liga leaders Real Madrid bowed to a lowly-rated Celta after a disappointing 4-3 loss on aggregate.