FC Barcelona v Real Madrid: The cup slips away (1-2) | FC Barcelona
The 2014 Spanish Cup goes to Real Madrid after goals from Di María and Bale at the start and end of the match tipped the balance in their favour in this evening’s final. It was a cruel blow for FC Barcelona, who equalised with a Bartra in the second half. Barça are still the ‘king of cups’ with 26 titles, but this season the only major title they can still win is the domestic league.
Marc Bartra: "This defeat saddens us because we fought until the end" | FC Barcelona
The Catalan went on to say that "the possession was ours. They had their chances and they took advantage of them. We need to congratulate our rivals and move forward." He added: "I’m happy that I got to play in a Clásico that was a final, that’s a dream come true for me, and there’s nothing better than scoring a goal."
Bittersweet 50th appearance for Marc Bartra | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra’s first Spanish Cup Final was also his 50th appearance for the Barça first team. There was some concern about his fitness before the game, but with so many injuries in the FCB defence, he eventually started and ended up being one of the best performers in his side, but could not prevent Real Madrid from winning the game 2-1.
Gerardo Martino: "We are obligated to continue fighting for La Liga" | FC Barcelona
After the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid, Gerardo Martino said that the team "must continue forward and keep on fighting for the league" and added that "it’s a very difficult blow because of our expectations. We wanted to win. What I’m taking away from this match is the team’s intention."
Jordi Alba picks up a hamstring injury | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba picked up an injury in the first half of the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid, and he was subbed off at the break for Adriano. Initial tests confirm that the player sustained an injury to his biceps femoris in his right leg. He will undergo additional tests this Thursday.
Eight days of misery for Barcelona by Dermot Ledwith - ESPN FC
It has to go down as the one of darkest weeks in the history of FC Barcelona. Indeed, there were eight days between the side bowing out of the UEFA Champions League -- with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid last Tuesday -- and the 2-1 Copa del Rey final defeat to Real Madrid this Wednesday.
Superb support from the fans | FC Barcelona
Despite the defeat in Mestalla, FC Barcelona can boast having some of the best fans on the planet. Before the final, throughout the whole day, the 20,000 fans who travelled to Valencia comported themselves civically and joyfully. Just before kick off the fans unfurled a giant banner, which read ‘Un crit valent.’ The FC Barcelona fans never stopped urging their players on.
Barcelona urged to bring back Pep Guardiola by Johan Cruyff - ESPN FC
"The best thing for Barca would be for Guardiola to come back," Cruyff said. "He is a magnificent coach and there is nobody better. If Laporta is president again I am going to say that the best thing would be to sign Pep, and as he is an intelligent person, I am sure he will do that."
Great goals and a great title | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has one of the finest youth systems in Europe, as shown by this week’s impressive 3-0 win over Benfica in the final of the UEFA Youth League, which produced two of the best goals of the week as selected by the ‘Promesas’ show on Barça TV.