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Luis Enrique confident on Catalog Club

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has dismissed suggestions that the Catalan club will be the favourite to progress into the semifinals of the Copa del Rey when they take on Atletico Madrid the second leg of the quarter-finals.

Barcelona have a 1-0 advantage of the first leg thanks to the goal from superstar Lionel Messi with five minutes of normal time remaining. However, Barcelona’s advantage is likely to be negated by the home advantage for Atletico Madrid in this match.

After having won the last six matches without exception, Barcelona are clearly seen as the favourites against a team who are only three points behind them in the league table.

Atletico had some immense results against Barcelona last season. Even after losing a number of important players like Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, the team continues to perform in the same way under the management of Diego Simeone. Enrique reckons that this will once again be a very tight match at the Vicente Calderon. He has rejected any talk of being favourites, despite the fact that the Catalan club are going through a great spell. Players like Gerard Pique have returned to form and this has contributed to Barcelona conceding just one goal in the last five games.

“It’s a mistake to think we are favourites, it’s the first step on the way to losing. I expect a strong looking Atletico and a very intense start to the game.They come out strong from the start, that’s one of their characteristics, but there will be time for us to