Barcelona star makes an outrageous claim about Lionel Messi

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Leganes face Real Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-finals

Earlier Thursday, Espanyol overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg to defeat Levante 2-0 with Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno on target either side of half-time.

Ernesto Valverde's side are next in action on Thursday at home to Celta in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie - the first leg having ended 1-1 - but Umtiti is not expected to be available.

Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also scored for the LaLiga giants, who moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate success.

"I would say I'd prefer not to draw Real Madrid", Valverde admitted in his news conference after the game.

Suarez pounced on a mistake to make it 4-0 before the interval and leave club-record signing Philippe Coutinho applauding from his seat in the stands.

Alba had provided the assists for Messi's strikes in the 13th and 15th minutes, and the Barcelona star returned the favor by setting up the left back to score in the 28th.

The Argentine then set up Alba with a sublime pass to slide home their third goal, before Luis Suarez scored from Celta defender's poor back-pass before the break.

"It's a luxury to have him in the team", Alba told Gol Television.

It was 2-0 two minutes later when Alba and Messi combined once again with the latter scoring with a first-time finish.

"We always look for each other to score goals and today we have done it twice".

A 1-1 draw from the first match in Galicia had left the tie looking open, but a devastating first-half performance from the holders secured their 6-1 aggregate victory.

Daniel Wass and Hugo Malla struggled to keep up with the pace of Jordi Alba and succumbed under pressure.

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