Barcelona fans leave Anfield in the past

Bessie Dean
May 26, 2019

Barcelona, if they win, will win their fifth consecutive Copa del Rey - beating the four in a row won by Real Madrid (1905-08) and Athletic Bilbao (1930-33).

Lionel Messi has said Barcelona's shock 4-0 defeat by Liverpool which sent them crashing out of the Champions League has ruined their season as they look to complete a domestic double when they face Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.

Valverde was also backed by Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu who said: 'Ernesto has a contract and this defeat is not the fault of the coach.

Valverde declined to answer a journalist asking him if his "credit has run out" as Barca coach after recent results, but did confirm he's keen to continue to lead the team forward.

"We are exclusively responsible for what happened during that game". Everyone has to analyse their season and what we can improve in. "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".

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"I feel fine", Valverde said in a news conference. "You may like it or not, but as we play this year we can win another double".

Messi admitted Barca's horror-show on Merseyside is still hanging over them, as evidenced by a 2-2 draw at Eibar on the final day of the La Liga season.

"It would be impossible to win a title to Barca, win this Copa del Rey, without suffering, but I also believed that in any counter-attack we could score the third". "We are all disappointed and very much, but it's not my turn to say [whether or not there will be changes]". "It is not remarkable or excellent but it is a very good season because winning the league is always the goal we have".

That hangover continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia to end the season with just the LaLiga title despite, a month ago, having dreams of a treble. "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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