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Barcelona and Bilbao meet in the second final of the Copa del Rey in April

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – When Barcelona և Athletic Bilbao face each other on Saturday, they will play more in the Cup than in the Copa del Rey.

Bilbao wants to eliminate 2020 The sting of losing the postponed Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad earlier this month at La Cartuia Stadium in Sicily.

“Barcelona must show Lionel Messi that this team, whose coach Ronald Koeman has done his best to rejuvenate with young players, can return to winning titles right now, as the Argentine thinks about his future.

Messi has been silent on his plans this summer as his contract expires, as he disappointed the club in August by saying he wanted to leave his first season without a cup since 2008.

Kuman is currently playing for his team in the Spanish league, but the former Barcelona defender knows that the club’s debts and turnover in his executive department do not exempt him from bringing home cups.

“I am the first to know where I am,” Kuman said on Friday. “I am in a great club like Barça, where you have to win, regardless of the changes we have made և the economic situation of the club. “Tomorrow we have a final, we have to win it, the rest does not matter.”

“Barcelona” faces an opponent who has shown less talent, that he has a weapon, first of all, the perseverance to beat him in the cup tournament.

When the two teams met in January, the prelude to the title celebration seemed like a nightmare for Messi.

“Barcelona” led the final of the Spanish Super Cup, until Bilbao equalized in the 90th minute, continued to gain the advantage 3. 2 through the winner of Ingaki Williams. Disappointed, Messi dealt a severe blow to his opponent, earning his first red card of his career for Barcelona.

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen hopes that Saturday’s painful loss can serve his team well.

“It’s good to live in moments like we did in the Super Cup,” said the German. “Let’s hope that tomorrow’s experience will bring us good feelings so that we can be ready for everything.”

The final also gives Barcelona the opportunity to stand with Real Madrid 2 last weekend. From the defeat with a score of 1. That loss, which ended the unbeaten streak of 19 rounds in the Spanish league, left him in third place, just one point behind his fierce rival, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Bilbao aim to improve their toothless performance when they failed to create պահ 1 goal moments. Only two weeks ago, they lost to Sociedad in the final of the entire Basque Cup.

Bilbao has always paid special attention to the oldest football tournament in Spain, which he has won 23 times, yielding only 30 to Barcelona. But the club, which only recruits players from the Basque Country or neighboring northern regions, has not lifted the trophy since 1984.

In addition to the latest edition, it also reached the final in 2015, 2012, 2009, and lost to Barcelona in all three.

Bilbao coach Marcelino Garcia Toral has revived the team as he took over before beating Barcelona in the Super Cup final. He coached Valencia when he beat Barcelona in the 2019 Copa del Rey final, finishing with four consecutive trophy titles.

Marcelino said his team lost to Sociedad because it allowed the “fear of losing” to undermine confidence.

“When you feel that mental sensation, you leave everything you have to do to win the game,” said Marcelino. “(Against Barcelona) we will play against a great opponent, but we have to focus on what we do best to find the mental and emotional state for which we have to win.”


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