The former Madrid player and Castilla youth team coach was happier to go along with local reporters who suggested that La Liga's authorities had favoured Barca by giving them an extra day to prepare for both Wednesday's first leg and the return at the Bernabeu on February 27.
But the way Barca play allows them to save energy more than other clubs as they have great ball possession and force their opponents to run a lot.
Although it is a cup semi-final, both Valverde and Real Madrid counterpart Santiago Solari may look to make some changes.
He had ended Barca's 2-2 draw with Valencia on Saturday with a knock. The club has yet to release a full medical report on the injury, and he didn't practice with his teammates on Monday.
"In football, it's always best that the best players play in every game, that's just how it is", Solari said.
"I hope not, although it is curious to say the least", Solari said. Bale returned as a starter on Sunday alongside Benzema and Vinicius Junior as Alaves were beaten 3-0, the team's fifth consecutive win in all competitions.
There is little doubt Benzema will start, as he has six goals in the last four matches.
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"But risking the fitness of any player - Messi or anyone else - I'm not really in favour of it because they inevitably play with some fear, and games like tomorrow can not be played with fear". The 18-year-old Brazilian has added flair to the attack.
He missed Barcelona's 5-1 league rout of Madrid in October because of a broken right arm.
Leo Messi was instrumental in Barcelona's Copa Del Rey matches, as usual, helping them overcome teams like Sevilla.
'Isco? For the sake of Real Madrid I would speak with the president of Real Madrid'.
The first leg of the semifinal in the Copa del Rey is the first of three matches between the rivals in less than a month.
"It is nearly impossible to stop the competitor Messi if he wants to play".
Ousmane Dembele, who also trained after recovering from two weeks out with an ankle sprain, has not been named in the squad.