How Barcelona could line up in Copa del Rey final


Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona will be ready to avenge the Clasico defeat last week by getting their hands on the Copa del Rey Saturday night trophy.

The Blaugrana haven’t won the competition since 2018, losing their last final appearance to Valencia two years ago.

The only absent will be Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian at risk of missing the entire season, having perhaps played his last game in a Barcelona shirt.

Barca have had great success using a back three in recent weeks and that should continue, with the added strength of Gerard pique back to the starting eleven.

The 34-year-old hasn’t played since early March but was on the bench against Real Madrid last weekend and could be in the line to start.

At his side could be the Clasico scorers Oscar Mingueza and Clement Lenglet, with Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba at the back.

In the center, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets are expected to continue their partnership in midfield. The former have played all 30 La Liga games so far this season, while Busquets have the third most appearances with 28.

The only other player to have featured in every game in the league is young Pedri, and he is expected to add an appearance in every previous game. Copa del Rey tie with another start in this game.

Lionel messiThe position of in the starting XI speaks for itself. The Argentinian has a goal and an assist in four Copa del Rey appearances at this point, also enjoying the best average score for the competition on FC with an 8.0.

The final forward position is very much up for grabs with Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Antoine Griezmann all in contention – each of them scored twice in the cup.

Ansu Fati was also named to the traveling squad, but will likely not be available to play a role in the game. The 18-year-old has not played since a knee ligament injury suffered in November.

Koeman can only pick one, however, and it should be Griezmann he chooses. The Frenchman has scored four goals in seven matches for club and country and is Barca’s second-best scorer in all competitions.

Another trophy in the cabinet would do the Catalan club the world of good in what has been a very eventful season so far, and could be the motivation they need to chase the success of the league.



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