Copa Del Rey semfinal Leg 1:

Real madrid 1-1 FC Barcelona

Post game reactions:

Barcelona Roura: “we played a very good match. Piqué was exceptional. We only failed to increase our lead.” “We were expecting that kind of pressure from Madrid, in fact we were expecting it to be a bit more intense at the start of the game. They waited for us in our own half because they are a physical and strong team and it’s always difficult to hold onto the ball, especially at the start, in general we were the superior side.”

“Before tonight’s match I had said that these matches are decided by very small details. And now the tie will be decided in Barcelona. “We will play like we always have in Barcelona. We won’t sit back and wait for Madrid. We’ll go for the win, we’ll play the same way in Barcelona that we did here. It will be a hard-fought match”.

Real Madrid Karanka: “The team did an amazing job and really were good”. “The team really were good, everyone did an amazing job, especially with the absences that we have and with players out of position. We’re very happy with the job done by the team”.

“Varane (who equalized), at centre back, could not have done things better. He is 19 and the match that he played was perfect. He got the equaliser, he stopped a certain goal on the line. It will serve him phenomenally well in his progress, he has a good head on his shoulders and will keep improving, “It was an exciting match in every aspect and there is nothing more to say”.

“There were chances for both sides. We had some when it was 0-0. It might have sold the crowd a little bit short because there were enough chances for more goals to be scored, What happened today is the same as in the last few seasons, we are very closely matched. In the league, we have dropped a lot of points, but when we play against one another you can see the actual difference”.