News and roster of FC Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
FC Barcelona will look to extend their Copa del Rey trophy harvest to 31 by beating their closest rivals in this regard, Athletic Bilbao, in a contested final in Seville on Saturday night.
The Basques drag them to 23 titles and have just lost the rescheduled 2019/2020 final against bitter enemies of Real Sociedad a fortnight ago.
Still, they will take the courage to improve Barca in the Supercup decision three months ago so far, when an equalizer Asier Villalibre made it 2-2 in the 90th minute and Inaki Williams then found a winner in overtime.
The Catalans have improved considerably since then, embarking on a 19-game unbeaten streak in La Liga that almost took them to the top until they fell to Real Madrid in El Clasico last weekend.
The instigator of the turnaround – head coach Ronald Koeman – could sing for his supper, however, as it is estimated that failing to end a two-year drought at the club could force new chairman Joan Laporta to seek a replacement at the club. the end. of the current campaign.
Asked about the matter at his pre-match press conference yesterday, the Dutchman tried to keep his cool but was clearly angered.
“It’s kind of weird that I have to answer those kinds of questions because we had a 19-game streak without losing,” said Koeman.
“We lose a game and I already need to talk about my future? Maybe I need to accept this. I still have a year on the contract. I know it’s a big pressure and I can handle it but sometimes it’s a bit strange, ”he said.
“I spoke with the president and he trusted me. I don’t think that every time something is written about a coach, the president should have to give him a vote of confidence, ”he concluded.
With a few hours to spare until kick-off, SPORT say Koeman will go for the 3-5-2 that had served him well until Real Madrid’s blip, despite training with a 4-3-3 throughout the week.
In this last formation, Marc-André Ter Stegen will start in goal protected by a back line from Jordi Alba, Clément Lenglet, Gérard Pique and Oscar Mingueza.
Sergio Busquets will provide pivotal support to Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, while up front Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and captain Messi form an attacking trio.