Ivan Rakitic insisted that Barcelona were not thinking of their record-breaking feat in Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash against Valencia.
The Catalan giants drew 1-1 with Gary Neville's Los Che to take their unbeaten run in all competitions to 29 matches, eclipsing the previous Spanish record set by Pep Guardiola's superlative Barcelona side in the 2010-11 season, per Bleacher Report UK:
However, for Rakitic, the most important aspect of the result was that it booked Barca their spot in the Copa del Rey final—effectively a foregone conclusion given their 7-0 first leg win—although he did admit to enjoying the run, per Spanish outlet Sport:
The truth is we were not thinking about the record, only on having a good game and keeping a positive dynamic. It's very good to get to this mark but the important thing, truly, are the titles. We have qualified for the final and I think we are very happy with it. Despite the 7-0 win in the first leg we had a lot of enthusiasm to have a good game, and I'm happy, above all, for the performances of the young players. They had a good chance to show their level and they showed it. [...]
I suffered as an opponent [during Guardiola's run] and the only thing I can say is I enjoy being in Barcelona more than out of it. Pep's team was very great and ours too. We can be happy with what we are doing.
Rakitic was the lone first-team regular in Luis Enrique's squad for Wednesday's clash, as the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets were all rested, while Lionel Messi was absent because of ongoing kidney problems.
It made for an unfamiliar and inexperienced Blaugrana side, but they still managed to avoid defeat when 19-year-old Wilfrid Kaptoum found a late equaliser to cancel out Alvaro Negredo's first-half strike at the Mestalla Stadium.
The draw confirmed the inevitable, as Barca booked themselves a Copa del Rey final spot for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Their likely opponents are Sevilla, who take a 4-0 lead into their semi-final second leg with Celta Vigo on Thursday.
No matter who the opponents, though, Barca will be favourites to successfully defend their Copa del Rey crown, and a second consecutive La Liga, Copa and UEFA Champions League treble is certainly not out of the question this season.
For Bleacher Report's Dean Jones, Enrique's side cannot currently be said to have eclipsed the achievements of Guardiola's team at Barca.
But with more of the same success this season, that could yet change, especially following his side's record-breaking endeavours on Wednesday.
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