Fernando Morientes would like to see his former side Valencia upset favourites Barcelona in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final.
Morientes won the Copa del Rey during his three-year stint with Valencia, scoring the third goal in Los Che’s 3-1 victory over Getafe back in 2008.
The former Liverpool striker equally won the F.A Cup back in 2006 with Rafa Benitez’s side against the Hammers and he fully understands what it takes to win Cup competitions.
“I will be supporting Valencia,” Morientes said. “I hope they win, knowing that the favourites are Barcelona. Emotionally, [Valencia] are coming into it in better form. Let’s hope they take advantage of it!
“It will be an open match, with chances. The two teams have great attackers and this makes you think that there will be goals. The defensive systems will be stronger than usual, but I don’t think it’ll go to extra time.”
One man who has been phenomenal for Valencia this season is skipper Dani Parejo, a player Morientes believes will play a key role on Saturday.
“With the ball, they will rely on their best player, Parejo, to create good chances for the strikers,” he said via Marca.
🔙 En 2008, nos convertíamos en campeones de Copa por séptima vez
📅 16 de abril en el Vicente Calderón (Madrid)
— Valencia CF 🦇💯 (@valenciacf) May 22, 2019
Highlighting Barca’s Champions League collapse at Anfield, Morientes thinks that the other stars should step up their game and help Messi out against Valencia.
“They will rely on their most important players being at their best and not letting Messi do all the work,” he noted.
“The defensive structures also have to be solid because Valencia counter-attack very well and very quickly.”