How to Watch Espanyol vs. Barcelona

Doug Mendoza
January 19, 2018

But as he and his side were put through their paces by manager ahead of the Copa Del Rey quarter-final first-leg against Leganes on Wednesday, the Portuguese ace showed no signs his mind was elsewhere. The last game they had lost in any competition was in the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid on 16 August.

Espanyol scored the winning goal in the 88th minute.

Barcelona hit their stride in the coach's new 4-4-2 system but Suarez lagged behind, missing Neymar, who left for Paris St Germain in the middle of a year ago.

The second leg of the encounter takes place at the Nou Camp on Thursday, 25 January, and the winners on aggregate will advance to the semis.

The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu is on Jan 24.

"I am not going to tell you how we plan to play".

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Lopez added: "We will compete and try to win, specially, at home where we will have the support from our fans".

"I quite liked how my team played", the Barca coach said in his postgame news conference.

"But we weren't efficient in the final third and then, after the missed penalty, the crowd reacted and came alive".

Zinedine Zidane's men, 19 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, had won one of their last five games in all competitions, amid reports the Frenchman could leave the club at the end of the season, and they looked set to be held at Butarque. The penalty save reactivated the crowd - there was some tension and then they scored.

"We knew this day would come, we tried to delay it as much as possible but it couldn't be today", said Sergio Busquets after the match.

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