Holders Barcelona have been drawn against Valencia in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey, while Sevilla will meet Celta Vigo in the other last-four clash.
Sport revealed the result of the draw on Friday and confirmed the dates for the two legs as Feb. 3 and Feb. 10:
SPORT English @Sport_EN
Copa del Rey semi-final draw: Barcelona vs. Valencia Sevilla vs. Celta Vigo1/29/2016, 11:43:32 AM
Barca beat Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals to advance, while Gary Neville's Valencia beat Las Palmas 2-1 on aggregate over two legs.
Celta produced a brilliant second-leg performance away at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to win 3-2 and advance, and they should take huge confidence into the semi-finals.
Sevilla, meanwhile, saw off Segunda side Mirandes with ease, winning 5-0 over the two legs of their quarter-final clash.
Barca are undoubted favourites to go on and lift the trophy once again, and Neville will surely not be overly happy to have drawn the Blaugrana, per Spanish football writer Andy West:
Andy West @andywest01
So that's the draw Gary Neville most definitely did not want: Barcelona v Valencia in Copa del Rey semi. Celta v Sevilla in other tie.1/29/2016, 11:59:45 AM
The former Manchester United defender has had a tough start to his tenure at the Mestalla Stadium, not yet winning a game in the league, but Valencia's cup run has given him some relief.
However, over two legs against Luis Enrique's side, Valencia will be the underdogs to advance to the final.
The other semi-final is more difficult to call, with Celta and Sevilla currently separated by just one point in La Liga—an indication of their similar form this season.
Sevilla were always expected to make it through their last-eight tie, but Celta had to dig deep to get past Atleti, and they deserve huge credit for a couple of brilliant performances, per Spanish football writer David Cartlidge:
David Cartlidge @davidjaca
Celta magnificent over two legs. Atleti’s flaws now well known but Berizzo’s judged tie perfectly. No Augusto (sold to Atleti!) or Nolito.1/27/2016, 9:23:07 PM
If coach Eduardo Berizzo can get a similar level from his team in the semi-final, then Celta should be rewarded with a Copa final spot during an excellent season.
However, Sevilla offer them a distinct challenge and will be well-motivated to reach their first final since winning the competition in 2010.
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