Barcelona will look to take another big step towards defending their Copa Del Rey title when they host Gary Neville's Valencia in the first leg of the semifinal at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Barca look primed for another treble this season, after strengthening their grip in the La Liga with a win over title rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend. While the Champions League crown is far from a foregone conclusion, they remain the heavy favourite for the European title, with the Copa Del Rey title now just a few wins away.
"This is an attractive and important match," Barcelona manager Luis Enrique told the club's official website. "We always like to win the first leg and not think about the second. That's the best way to tackle games like these."
Barcelona, obviously, start the heavy favourites to win this two-legged semifinal of the Spanish Cup, but Valencia, as Enrique is well aware, are difficult opponents, even if Neville has not quite made the start he would have liked, in terms of results, since taking over late last year.
"Valencia will create difficulties," Enrique added. "They are a team that dares to generate pressure and they have some fine individuals. This wasn't an easy draw for either for us. But we're hoping to play well and set things up nicely for the second leg.
"You can already see what Neville has done with Valencia. They are great at getting the ball into the area, and they have some quality players to move the ball up the field. The manager has made changes and we'll have to deal with them."
Valencia will go into this game hoping for at least a draw. If they can keep the tie alive going into the second leg at the Mestalla, anything could happen. Keeping Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar quiet will be the key.
"We absolutely have to compete," Neville was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "My good fortune here has been in the Copa this season, where it does not follow us in La Liga. We all understand the difficulty of the opponent, but my players are made for this type of game.
"We were determined and competitive against Barcelona a few weeks ago, and we will have to take all of those qualities into the Nou Camp. The important thing is we return to the Mestalla with a big opportunity [to make the final], so that is the intent."
Where to watch Live
Barcelona vs Valencia first leg of the King's Cup semifinal is scheduled for a 9 pm local time (1.30 am IST, 8 pm GMT, 3 pm ET) start. The Copa Del Rey semis, unfortunately, will not be shown live on TV in India.
Canal+, Abono Futbol and MovistarTV Futbol will broadcast the match live in Spain.
Bein Sports will provide live coverage of the game in the France, Middle East and North Africa, US and Canada, with the online live streaming option on beIN Sports Connect.
Viewers in the UK, China and Hong Kong can watch the semifinal first leg live on La Liga TV Copa.