Cup Final place at stake for In-Form Barcelona

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Barcelona will be targeting a tenth consecutive victory and taking a big step towards the Copa del Rey final when they host Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final clash on Wednesday.

The Catalans have clicked into form ever since the club seemed on the brink of an institutional crisis following a dressing room revolt after a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad to start the year.

Even more judicial activity against the club and its president Josep Maria Bartomeu for tax irregularities in the signing of Neymar hasn’t disrupted Barca’s rhythm.

The Brazilian forward has played a starring role in the run alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All three were on target in Sunday’s 5-2 win at Athletic Bilbao as Barca closed to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, taking Luis Enrique’s men’s tally to 34 goals in their last nine games.

“We are getting better every day, but we need to continue working hard to improve,” said Neymar, who has scored 23 times in 27 appearances this season.
“More than just the goals, the most important thing is to help my teammates. We can’t stop now, we need to keep going.”