Fourteen years later, Joaquín Sánchez will have the chance to play a Copa semi-final with the Betis. At 37 years old, the captain of the Betis team glimpses the possibility of competing in a final and, moreover, in his stadium. Joaquín won the Copa with Betis in 2005. In his wide career as a professional player, the end also highlights that he played five seasons in the Valencia, also winning the cup title in 2008 and eliminating Betis himself in the round of 16. In the first leg, two goals by Joaquín himself sentenced Betis. Joaquin keeps a bittersweet memory of that Cup. He was the best of Valencia throughout the tournament, but the then coach, Ronald Koeman, left him out of the final that the Valencians won at Getafe (3-1).
Next Thursday, at 9:00 pm, the first chapter of a semifinal will take place in Seville, where Betis will look hard for the final. The green-and-white team has only been able to eliminate Valencia in one of their eight cup games. It was in 1976. In the remaining seven Valencianists were imposed. "You never know if the fact that you play in your field gives you a plus. It can be a motivation, but so does Valencia, to win a final. This year is at a level a little lower than in others, but it has already started to come back and we have to respect it a lot. I see the tie at 50%, "he said yesterday Rafael Gordillo, director of institutional relations at Betis, after the draw. "It's a positive a priori eliminator, but you do not have to relax. A double round match with Madrid or Barça is more complicated, but Valencia is a worthy rival and will be very complicated, "said Angel Haro, president of the Andalusian club.
Valencia faces the semi-final upwards. Last Saturday, once the regional derby against Villarreal ended, a part of the stands sent a message to the club's property and to coach Marcelino. "We want the Cup!", Was sung at Mestalla before the megaphone buried the request. In the centenary year (it is March 18), it had not been a good thing among the Valencia social masses that the executives of the club and the coaching staff had been warning for weeks that the priority was LaLiga and the qualification money for the Champions League. . Mestalla wants the Cup. With this message the social networks burned after the epic victory against Getafe (3-1). In the year of its Centennial, Valencia, which won its last title 10 years ago, a Copa del Rey also against Getafe, is ready to play another final. The blanquinegro set, with seven titles in 16 finals, faces its thirty-fourth semifinal at the best time of the season. "We played Betis and it's going to be a very even tie, although we have the fact that we played it back in the Mestalla," said Marcelino, Valencia coach. "We played against a very good team, who are doing a great season, they are equal with us in LaLiga and also qualified in the Europa League, they have the illusion of being able to play a final in their stadium. "the technician insisted.
Betis and Valencia will face the tie in the middle of a marathon of matches, since both will have to also play their matches of the 32nd of the Europa League on 14 and 21 February. The Andalusian side will be with the Stade de Rennes, French, while Valencia will play their tie against Glasgow's historic Celtic.