Barcelona have announced the squad list to take on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
After a disappointing defeat at the hands of Real Madrid in El Clasico, Barcelona cannot enter a slump. Historically, the losing team in this encounter has endured a spell of bad games following a defeat. But at the tail end of the season, that is no longer a luxury Barcelona can afford.
The Blaugrana will contest their 42nd Copa del Rey final and this may well be their biggest shot at any silverware this season. The Catalans must therefore but the ghosts of last weekend behind them and face Athletic Bilbao with renewed optimism.
Despite not getting the medical clearance, Neto and Ansu Fati are part of the squad list.
The full list consists of: Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, R. Araujo, Busquets, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Puig, Neto, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincao, Alba, Matheus Fernandes, Roberto, De Jong, Fati, Umiti, Firpo, Inaki Pena, Ilaix Moriba, Mingueza, Arnau Tenas
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The only player that will not travel with the team is Philippe Coutinho, as he is currently in Brazil for his recovery.
Having already lost the Supercup final to the Basques in January, they will have to be much sharper in defense. The outcome of the final will undoubtedly impact their pursuit of the La Liga crown as well. A victory would set the perfect tone for the remaining eight games of the league campaign, aside from earning Barça a record 31st Spanish Cup title.
It would also be Ronald Koeman’s first trophy in charge of Barcelona. A fine reward for turning the fortunes around of a squad in disarray at the beginning of the 20-21 season.