Two down, one to go. Barcelona picked up their second trophy of the season on Saturday evening, overwhelming and outplaying Athletic Bilbao en route to an emphatic 3-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final.
The two teams entertained their fans, creating a spectacle of their own and Barca didn’t disappoint, earning their win courtesy of some spectacular all-round play with yet, another exceptional goal from Lionel Messi who helped himself to a brace and Neymar benefiting from a Luis Suarez square ball.
The combination of Messi, Suarez and Neymar has now achieved what no attacking threesome has ever done by scoring as many goals in a season, either for Barça or any other team in La Liga. The goals scored in Saturday’s Spanish Cup Final have beaten the previous record of 118 scored by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuain in the 2011/12 season.
Xavi Hernández, who replaced the injured Iniesta as captain of the game, made his final appearance at the Camp Nou and also revealed that the team’s morale is high now heading into what will be an emotional farewell for him if they claim the Champions League.
After beating Athletic Club 3–1 on Saturday night at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique is now certain of retaining his role as the head coach of FC Barcelona. But although he is proud of his team’s showing in the Spanish Cup Final, he wants his team to win the treble next weekend against Juventus in the Champions League Final. “We’ve won two titles. Now we want a third. It’s nice when you have the opportunity to make so many people happy. We’ll try to reach our objective and make history again,” he said.
Though, Andres Iniesta could miss the Champions League final after leaving the field with what could be a suspected calf injury.
Winning the Champions League will make Luis Enrique, the second manager to win a treble in his debut season at a club, a mark achieved only by Pep Guardiola.