The end of a historic streak in the cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were unable to defeat Valencia in the Copa del Rey final at Benito Villamarín, thereby ending the streak of four consecutive cup final wins, a feat that had only previously been achieved by Real Madrid (between 1905 and 1908) and Athletic Club (between 1930 and 1933).
Leo Messi, scorer in six cup finals | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has achieved a new record. With his goal against Valencia in the Benito Villamarín, the Argentinian became the only player in the history of the Copa del Rey to have scored in six different finals. It means that Barca’s No.10 has taken another of Telmo Zarra’s records, and he ends the season with 51 goals in all competitions.
Luis Suarez says knee surgery stopped him playing in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final loss | Sky Sports
The Uruguayan released a statement Sunday saying he had no option despite the timing of the final, which Barcelona lost 2-1 to Valencia on Saturday. Suarez said he had to undergo surgery “against my will” after rupturing his meniscus against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.
Who is to blame for Barcelona’s crisis? | Marca
In less than three weeks, Barcelona have gone from euphoria and dreams of a treble to depression after Champions League elimination and Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia. It is a season that has called for reflection on who is to blame.
West Ham hope to beat Tottenham to the signing of André Gomes | Sport
André Gomes continues to pick up even more admirers from the Premier League. It looks like the cultured midfielder will have plenty of options to choose from in the summer and, according to the Daily Mail, West Ham have made the first official offer for his services: €22m.
De Ligt has no ‘dream club’ and hints at Barcelona & Man Utd snub in favour of Ajax stay | Goal
Matthijs de Ligt admits “several clubs are interested” in luring him away from Ajax, but the Barcelona and Manchester City target has no “dream” destination and claims he could stay put. At just 19 years of age, the Netherlands international has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in world football.
De Ligt: I will decide my future after the Nations League | Football Espana
Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt has indicated that he will make a decision on his club future after the UEFA Nations League. The 19-year old has been selected for the Netherlands squad as Ronald Koeman’s side face England in the inaugural semi final of the competition next month.
Jeison Murillo won the double | Marca
If anyone had mixed emotions at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday evening it was Jeison Murillo, the Valencia defender who joined Barcelona in January and as such won both LaLiga Santander and Copa del Rey. The result which gave Valencia victory means that he finds himself in the unusual position of being the only man to win both domestic titles in Spain this season.