Messi: ‘We would never throw away a competition’

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Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona trashed Sevilla 6-1 on Wednesday to claim a spot in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey. Last week the Blaugranas lost the first leg 2-0, ending the battle in the quarter final in a 6-3 victory. Captain Lionel Messi insisted after the game that Barcelona showed that they would never throw away a competition.

The 31-year-old played down the suggestion that Barcelona were about to give up the Copa del Rey to focus on the Champions League and LaLiga. “It was said that we threw the cup or that we didn’t want it, or maybe my message was misinterpreted at the beginning of the season,” he told Barca TV. “The team want to fight for the three competitions, as it is always Barcelona’s obligation every year. We do not throw anything.”

Philippe Coutinho opened the score for Barcelona with a 13th minute penalty. Messi usually is the first choice taker, but he gave the penalty to Coutinho. “I wanted him to kick it and we fixed it, because the important thing was to win,” he said. “He scored and I’m happy because that’s where everything started.”

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