Barcelona news

Pep thrilled to reach final

February 8, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Pep Guardiola has spoken of his excitement after setting up a Copa del Rey final meeting with Athletic Bilbao and hit back at the critics who suggested the team was losing motivation.

Pep Guardiola guides his team to their 36th King's Cup final with a win over Valencia.
GettyImagesPep Guardiola guides his team to their 36th King's Cup final with a win over Valencia.

• Barcelona 2-0 Valencia

Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday courtesy of goals from Cesc Fabregas and Xavi, giving them a 3-1 aggregate victory.

They will now meet Athletic - 23-time winners of the competition - in the final, and Guardiola is hoping Barca can add to their 25 successes.

"We are excited to be back in another cup final," Guardiola said. "It's a very prestigious competition and we are looking forward to it.

"It'll be a final between the two best Spanish cup teams in history. I think it will be a fascinating final."

There had been suggestions that Barcelona - having been so dominant since Guardiola took charge in 2008 - may finally be showing signs that they are taking their foot off the gas.

However, Guardiola said: "It's our third final in four years. When people find themselves tempted to say we are relaxing, they should count to four before writing."