Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona Did Not Play A 'Well-Rounded Game'

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"We went down with honour, but we have to be more effective in taking our chances".

"Reaching a sixth final".

Vinicius Junior was again his team's most prominent attacker, but the 18-year-old Brazilian starlet is now up to 56 shots at goal for Madrid with just three tallies. It's special to qualify for a final.

Well, part of the answer was signposted on Wednesday, where, despite the evidence of the scoreline, Madrid actually established some good habits of their own.

"It was an important win".

He also wasn't on the field when Barcelona routed Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou in their first league match this season.

Bale has been a substitute in seven of Madrid's last nine games and his place in the side on Saturday is not guaranteed when they host Barca again in La Liga.

"We've been lucky to win a lot of games here and by some big margins", Pique added.

"They both seem far away but they are not", said Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. We can't relax now because it would not bode well for Saturday.

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The president of Barcelona, Josep Bartomeu, came down the stairs from the VIP section of Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday night with a spring in his step.

"In the second half, we played with more determination".

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde was happy to make the final but admitted improvements will be needed ahead of the weekend's rematch.

"After all of our efforts and having fought until the final whistle, having made chances and dominating for so long in the game, this result really hurts", Solari told a press conference. They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal.

Madrid, who were also beaten 3-0 by Barca at the Bernabeu in La Liga last season and were thrashed 5-1 by their rivals back in October, lost their heads after that chance and there was no coming back following Varane's own goal.

"After the break, we came out with much more determination. In the second half, we did that".

"Saturday will be a different story. We're going into it with the same desire and the same spirit as in the previous match, trying to improve the things we must improve and to maintain the things we did well".

Indeed, Suarez has scored 11 times against Madrid in all competitions, more than he has against any other team while playing for Barca.

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