The Catalan club does not put in its accounts the loss against Bilbao, in what could be the final blow to exit the title at least this season in its continuous race for the title “La Liga” with the poles of the city of Madrid, leaders Atlético (67) and runner-up Real (65), where he occupies the center. The third is two points behind Al-Rukhi Blancos.
The loss would also undermine his Dutch coach Ronald Koeman’s progress this season in an uncertain future should he go out empty-handed.
On the other hand, Bilbao will enter history through its external door in the event that it suffers a loss against the Blaugrana, and it will be his second in the final of the local competition within 15 days, after he fell in front of his Basque rivals Real Sociedad 0-1 in the final of last season, postponed due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic .
The most crowned
The final this season at the “La Cartuja” stadium in Seville, which also hosted last year’s edition, brings together the two most crowned clubs, where the coffers of the Catalan club are filled with 30 cups compared to 23 for the Basque club, and together they reached the final 81 times.
Barcelona lost to Valencia in the 2019 final in a fall, which then formed the first loss after dominating the domestic cup that lasted for four years between 2015 and 2018.
At the time, the league and cup double, under the supervision of former coach Ernesto Valverde in 2018, did not hide the disappointment of the resounding fall against Roma in the European Champions League competition, followed by failures unworthy of the Catalan club’s reputation against Liverpool in the following year, and later in front of Bayern Munich 2-8 in the way The last to win the title last season, and the last one against Paris Saint-Germain this season (losing 1-4 in the round and a 1-1 draw).
Barcelona is betting on winning the local cup to heal its European wounds and its empty-handed exit from the local Super Cup competition at the hands of Bilbao in particular.
Barcelona is betting on winning the local cup to heal its European wounds and empty-handed out of the local Super Cup competition at the hands of Bilbao in particular in the final, and in a year in which it tries to recover from the management of Coman.
Koeman said last January that “Barcelona is not yet ready to win a lot of things,” but the Dutch coach blamed him for adding that he could become a victim of himself and his development in the event that he left empty handed after he came close to winning the domestic league and cup.
Doubts are surrounding Barcelona’s ability to raise its level in the important moments this season, as it appeared solidly in front of local competitors who usually form an easy pick for him, but without his young players being as responsible in front of heavy opponents, and the biggest proof of that is the loss of his three matches. This season, against Real (1 – 3 and 2 – 1) and Atletico (0 – 1) in the league, Saint Germain in the Champions League (lost 1 – 4 in the final round), and Bilbao 2 – 3 after the extension in the final of the local Super Cup.
It seems that the failure accompanying the important matches became the main concern of the new president – the old Juan Laporta, as he must also make critical decisions for the club’s future, whether in terms of continuing with Coeman or persuading his star and captain, Lionel Messi, to stay on the eve of the end of his contract this summer.