Valverde names 17-man squad for Copa del Rey final

Angelo Anderson
May 25, 2019

"That's why I think we were all in our heads in the Champions League and that's why the disappointment was so great, repeating what happened in Rome".

"That game has spoilt a little the year we have had".

Speaking to the media in a press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey finals, the diminutive Argentinian weighed in on what has largely been a successful season for Barcelona, barring their stunning Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool having taken a solid 3-0 league into the second leg at Anfield. "We have to end the season well, celebrating another title if we can".

Barcelona's squad list of players who have received medical clearance: Jasper Cillessen, Inaki Pena; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, Jeison Murillo, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Malcom, Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez.

The 31-year-old said: "I want to keep competing at Barca and I have never thought about leaving the club".

While Ernesto Valverde has been successful at domestic level, Barca's struggles in Europe have brought the head coach's future into focus. "Last season we did the double and this season we can do it again".

Barcelona will be without their star goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in this final game alongside Suarez and Rafinha while Dembele is listed as questionable. We are going to try to win against Barca and put an extraordinary team in difficulties.

"The first half wasn't all that bad but in the second we didn't even compete, there was only one team on the pitch and that was the biggest mistake we could have made", Messi said. "If we don't go out with the right attitude we could suffer", he said.

In the Champions League they lost against Liverpool in the semi-finals and Girona beat them in the Catalan Super Cup. "The capacity of Barca in attack is huge and will force us to be nearly ideal in defence over the 90 minutes".

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