Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia – Copa del Rey Final

The 2019 Copa del Rey Final will take place at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday night, as Barcelona and Valencia go head-to-head for the trophy.

Barcelona will be looking to secure a back-to-back domestic double, as they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday evening.

The Catalans have qualified for their fifth consecutive final in the competition. They’ll have a chance to write history with a win and become the first ever team that has won five successive Copa del Rey trophies.

Road to the Final:

Round of 32: Cultural Leonesa 1-5 Barcelona (0-1 and 1-4)
Round of 16: Levante 2-4 Barcelona (2-1 and 0-3)
Quarter-finals: Sevilla 3-6 Barcelona (2-0 and 1-6)
Semi-finals: Barcelona 4-1 Real Madrid (1-1 and 3-0)

Valencia enjoyed a fantastic second part of the season, securing Champions League football for the next campaign. They crushed Real Betis’ dream to play a Copa del Rey final at home, beating the Verdiblancos in the semi-finals.

It is going to be their first Cup final since 2008, when they won the trophy beating Getafe 3-0 at Atletico Madrid’s former stadium, Vicente Calderon.

Road to the Final:

Round of 32: Ebro 1-3 Valencia (1-2 and 0-1)
Round of 16: Sporting Gijon 2-4 Valencia (2-1 and 0-3)
Quarter-finals: Getafe 2-3 Valencia (1-0 and 1-3)
Semi-finals: Real Betis 2-3 Valencia (2-2 and 0-1)

Team news

German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss the game for Barcelona, as the club has confirmed earlier this week.

Luis Suarez, who underwent knee surgery is also expected to remain sidelined, alongside long term absentee Rafinha Alcantara.

There is some good news for Ernesto Valverde as well, as Nelson Semedo and Philippe Coutinho have returned to training ahead of the Copa del Rey Final.

Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay, who missed the last match with a hamstring strain is a major doubt for Valencia’s head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

Denis Cheryshev is definitely out, as the Russian winger hasn’t played a single game since April due to a stretched ligament.

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What did the managers say

Ernesto Valverde talked about the second leg against Liverpool, where Barcelona lost 4-0 and got knocked out of the Champions League after a 3-0 win in the first leg.

“We’re all aware that when there’s elimination, an unexpected one like this, we’re all responsible. Especially the main protagonists.

“Deep down, we’re all responsible. For failing to progress, for not preventing the situation, for not making a change… we’re hurting,” Valverde said, as we’ve reported.

Valencia coach Marcelino believes it is the ideal moment to face the Spanish champions.

“It’s the ideal moment because it’s a final. Barça play a lot of finals, and depending on the moment, Valencia CF play more finals than other teams,” he said via Valencia’s official website.

“We are going to try to beat Barca and provide difficulties for an extraordinary team who won the league comprehensively – something for which I congratulate them. We are excited, motivated and go there with the courage to try to win the final and celebrate it with our fans.”

Stats

Barcelona will play their 41st Copa del Rey Final on Saturday night. The Catalans have won 30 trophies so far and finished on the losing side only on 10 occasions.

The Bats have played 16 finals in the history of the competition. They’ve won the previous two, 3-1 against Getafe and 3-0 against Atletico Madrid.

This is going to be the first ever Copa del Rey Final hosted at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Both clubs have won the Spanish Cup once in Seville, Barcelona in 1925 against Arenas, while Valencia in 1999 against Atletico.

Barcelona and Valencia have met each other three times in the Copa del Rey final. The Catalans won twice in 1952 and 1971 (both times after extra time), while Valencia was victorious back in 1954, beating Barcelona 3-0 in the final.

They’ve met twice in La Liga this season, as both ties finished without a winner (1-1 at Mestalla and 2-2 at Camp Nou).

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