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Luis Enrique says it’ll take a “very good version” of Barcelona to overcome surprise package CD Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.

The showpiece is set for May 27 with the venue yet to be decided, and Alaves, placed 12th in La Liga after last season’s promotion, will be raring to go in its first major final since the extra-time 5-4 defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Cup.

That day, the Spanish minnow wore shirts bearing the name of every Alaves season-ticker holder, and included in that tribute was current captain Manu Garcia and his father. There’s no doubting Mauricio Pellegrino’s lot is a spirited bunch, and Enrique expects a tough encounter.

“It’s the surprise team of the season,” Enrique told Reuters of the side that overcame Barca 2-1 at Camp Nou back in September. “Not just because of their numbers but also for their consistency.

“They have already beaten us and can beat us again. That is why we need a very good version of us to take the three points.”

(Courtesy: Reuters)

Rather fittingly, Barcelona travels for a dress rehearsal with Alaves at Mendizorrotza on Saturday.

“It’s an unusual situation,” Enrique said. “I don’t think …read more

Source:: the score la liga