28th January, 2015
Lionel Messi has pledged to do “everything” to beat Atletico Madrid and ensure Barcelona reach the last four of the Copa del Rey.
The two sides meet at the Vicente Calderon for the second leg of their quarter-final tie, with Barca holding a 1-0 advantage thanks to a late goal from Messi of the previous fixture at Camp Nou.
And the club talisman says he is eagerly awaiting the fixture and insists the team are determined to progress beyond the Liga champions.
“Looking forward to playing in Madrid tomorrow (today),” he wrote on his official Facebook page. “We’ll give everything on the pitch to reach the semi-finals.”
The Catalan side reached the final of last season’s Copa del Rey but were defeated by Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will enter Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid holding a one-goal advantage from the first leg last week.
Lionel Messi struck late on at Camp Nou to secure a 1-0 win for the Catalan outfit, meaning that Atletico have work to do if they are to secure their spot in the final four of the competition.
Atletico, who lost in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey to Real Madrid last season, will enter the match off the back of a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in the league at the weekend.
That result kept the Spanish champions in third, but they have won just two of their last five matches in all competitions and lost twice to Barca – once in the league and once in the cup.
Barca thumped Elche 6-0 at the weekend to make it six straight wins in all competitions. Since losing to Real Sociedad after the winter break, Barca have scored an incredible 23 goals during their six-game winning run – conceding just once in the process.
The Catalan outfit lost in the final of the Copa del Rey to Real Madrid last season, but will see this as a brilliant chance to secure the first major Spanish trophy of the season.
Atletico remained unbeaten in six matches across three separate competitions against Barca last season, with that run of form seeing Diego Simeone’s side win the La Liga title and reach the final of the Champions League.