Simeone Relishing Barcelona Copa Del Rey Semifinal

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Atletico Madrid will play Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals and Diego Simeone has challenged his men to get the win.

The winner of the encounter will face either Alaves or Celta Vigo, with Real Madrid crashing out to Celta Vigo.

Simeone says it is no surprise to meet Barcelona at this stage of a major competition and wants his men to show they are as good as the Blaugrana players.

“I value it as a semi-final and it’s normal to face these against major teams, we’re used to that,” he told a news conference on Friday.

“To reach the best, you have to be champion and you have to go through them [Barca]. They’re the best in the world.

“We’ve had five years here and I don’t understand any way to be champion other than to face them. They’re usually in the semi-finals of the Copa, of the Champions League…

“It’s the normal road for the Copa.”



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