​Luis Enrique ​has praised young Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi after the 20-year-old fired home a brace against Espanyol on Wednesday night to help the defending champions into the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. 


El Haddadi scored the game's only goals as the all-conquering Catalan side cruised into the next round with a 6-1 aggregate victory, after being set up by returning Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi. 


The youngster is having the age-old problem of talented youngsters at Barcelona - a lack of playing time, starting just four league games this season. 


Manager Luis Enrique hinted at a bright future for him after the match though, saying: "This is good for Munir, the fact that he participated in many facets today. He has a knack for scoring."

The player himself said: "I am very happy with the win, with the work put in by the team, and for qualification. And I'm also very happy to have scored two goals tonight. Espanyol are always a hard team to play but I thought we dealt with the game very nicely"


The first leg of the tie saw a number of bad-tempered confrontations, but the only notable interaction on Wednesday night was between Alvaro Gonzalez and Messi, the former ​saying after the match"Leo was criticising me for some things, and I some others. I asked him if he thinks I will hurt him, and he said yes.


"He told me that I was bad, and I told him he was short. But both accepted it, laughed, and left it at that. There's no need to make a big deal, what happens on the pitch stays there, and that's it. The best thing about these derbies is the healthy rivalry we have."


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