In what would prove to be a disappointing game, Jordi Alba suffered an injury to the biceps femoris in his right leg in the first half, and was subbed off during the break of the Copa Del Rey final against Real Madrid. The extent of the injury will be evaluated on Thursday.
Alba was one of the most threatening players during the first half, with the exact moment of his injury still unknown, making his entire performance admirable for being under physical duress while on the pitch.
I think this picture sums up how most of us feel at this point in the season. Go to your happy place, Leo. Or think about hedgehogs.
FC Barcelona’s title hopes for this season have faded away after a painful 1-2 loss against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey’s final. The loss came after a shocking league defeat against Granada CF and a goodbye to the Champions League following another loss against Atlético Madrid, and tonight the losing streak has gone up to three. Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino was disappointed after losing the title to our bitter rivals, but insisted the team must keep on moving forward. “It’s a very difficult blow because of our expectations. We wanted to win, but what I’m taking away from this match is the team’s intention. We must continue forward and keep on fighting for the league,” he said. More after the jump.
The Copa del Rey final kicked off as a potential saving grace to a disappointing FC Barcelona week, and what might prove to be a disappointing season, at La Mestalla in Valencia, and ended with a painful loss.
With this defeat, the chances of winning any title has dwindled down to La Liga, where the team trails in 3rd behind their Champions League vanquishers, Atlético Madrid, and tonight’s winners, Real Madrid. It has been a heartbreaking week indeed, yet tonight’s game was even more so because there were moments when a fan couldn’t be faulted in believing that it could have turned out better.
Barça’s legendary former player and coach has come out in defense of Lionel Messi, following criticism that has labelled the Argentine ”disinterested.” The Dutchman labelled that criticism as ‘nonsense’ and said that Barça has gone for years without a coherent plan and ‘bad influences from outside the dressing room’ in an interview with Croatian daily Jutarnji List. Make the jump for a few choice excerpts.
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and captain Iker Casillas weighed in with their pre-match thoughts yesterday in anticipation of tonight’s Copa del Rey final. Despite a loss in the last clásico, Ancelotti’s men are in good form, having earned a semifinal berth in the Champions League, while Casillas has not conceded a goal so far in Madrid’s Copa campaign. Both individuals are going into the final against Barcelona confident; see what they had to say about the game below.
Tonight the Copa del Rey final broadcasters RTVE will have one of their 24 cameras solely focused on Lionel Messi for the entire match. There will be another lens on Gareth Bale, and the footage will eventually be used to produce a special program on the two players. However, while one enjoy the match on the TV, tonight is will be possible to follow every step Messi takes live at www.rtve.es.
Goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto did an extensive interview with El Pais this week. Pinto is many things. Besides being a goalkeeper, he is a music producer and somewhat of a philosopher. He meditates, practices yoga breathing exercises and has a very positive view about football and life in general. Read on for an excerpt of his thoughts about today’s Copa del Rey final.
Pros: Gerardo Martino is 2 for 2 against Real Madrid, Marc Bartra appears set to start, Leo Messi might be feeling in the mood for proving a point and tonight genuinely is Barça’s best shot at silverware. Cons: Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué are effectively ruled out and Cristiano Ronaldo is unavailable. More pros than cons then, but of course, football is not won with a pros and cons table. Thus far Tata has had Carlo’s number, but Ancelotti is as experienced and able as any, it would be some feat for Martino to make it 3 for 3. But that’s what he must do, operative word being must.
World Cup winner Andrés Iniesta spoke in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final against eternal rivals Real Madrid. A horror week in the Catalan club caused an earlier than usual UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Atlético Madrid, followed by a disappointing away loss against Granada CF which lost Barça’s grip on the league title chase.
But now the team is solely focused on bouncing back by beating Real Madrid for the third time this season in the very same stadium where they lost in 2011. Iniesta reassured the fans that “The team is able to play well and win.” He also added, “It would be a huge joy for our supporters. We only have thoughts of winning the trophy.” More from Don Andrés after the jump.
THE SAD REALITY OF THE CULÉS
Only six says ago we dreamt of a treble, but considering how things have gone, we’ll gladly sign off on this…
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FC Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino argued that his team still has what it takes to defeat Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey title, while acknowledging the disappointment of recent results. Make the jump for more details.
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