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Internet Reaction To 7-0 Barcelona Win Over Valencia

Coming into Wednesday’s first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final, the defending La Liga champions had no pressure. Last weekend they beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 for Primera supremacy, and are unbeaten in 27 games across all competitions. All is swell in Catalonia.

Valencia, on the other hand, is a team currently sitting in 12th place in the Spanish top-flight, a far cry from their 4th place finish last season, and have yet to win a La Liga game under new manager, Gary Neville. The former Sky pundit took over in December and has yet to prove himself in his first stint as head manager of a football club.

Below The Runner Sports takes a look at how fans and pundits alike reacted to Wednesday’s game.

Is ‘MSN’ Too Good? 

By the time half-time rolled around, Luis Suarez had already scored twice and Lionel Messi had hit the back of the net once. Things only got worse for Gary Neville’s men in the second half.

By the time the final whistle blew, the Uruguayan had a total of four goals and the Argentine had a hat-trick to his name. Mail Online Sport and Spain-based journalist, Rik Sharma, felt that this type of display by the Catalan giants was just waiting to happen, and that they’ve been holding back:

Although Neymar didn’t get on the scoresheet, he did provide some brilliant Samba skills for all to see with a perfectly timed backheel-nutmeg:

With both Madrid teams out of the competition, and Valencia faced with the impossible task of overcoming a seven-goal deficit in the second leg, it looks as though Barcelona is most definitely the favorite to win the Copa Del Rey title.

Gary Neville Can’t Get a Break

The former Manchester United right-back has struggled to get his team back up the La Liga table and Wednesday’s embarrassing Copa defeat only makes it worse. A loss was expected, but it seems as though people wanted to see just how the former sportscaster would set his team up, and if he could use his former punditry and first-hand know-how to really test Barca.

Currently, the search “Gary Neville Sacked” is trending on Twitter, with soccer fans expressing their desire for him to be fired and or that his resignation is inevitable:

Twitter account@SibsMUFC, echoed a sentiment that many people felt when news broke that Neville would become Valencia’s manager:

It will be interesting to see if Neville can get his men to regain their confidence after a loss of this magnitude. The Manchester United icon spoke to AS English after the game:

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