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FC Barcelona News: 17 April 2021; All set for 2021 Copa del Rey Final

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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COPA DEL REY FINAL PREVIEW | FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have a golden opportunity to win their first silverware of the Ronald Koeman era on Saturday at 9.30pm CEST as they take on Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey Final.

Ronald Koeman, the final expert - FC Barcelona
On Saturday Ronald Koeman will take part in his 31st final as a professional. The Barça appeared in 20 as a player and as a coach it will be his 10th final. His most famous final appearance came in the 1992 European Cup when he scored the only goal of the game at Wembley in the victory over Sampdoria. But what about the rest?

Ronald Koeman: 'We have to improve when we don't have the ball' - FC Barcelona
Ronald Koeman made one thing clear in his pre-Copa del Rey final press conference on Friday: "We have to be good with and without the ball. If there is one thing we have lost in recent matches it is our game without the ball." The Dutch coach also admitted "both teams have had a tough path to get to the final" and then cast an eye over Saturday's opponents Athletic Club de Bilbao.

La Cartuja welcomes the finalists - FC Barcelona
Ronald Koeman's squad train at the venue where the final is to take place before Barça and Athletic coaches and captains pose for traditional photo

What La Cartuja will look like for the final - FC Barcelona
There will be no spectators, but the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville will still have an FC Barcelona touch in the form of a huge canvas behind one of the goals with the words "Sempre Culers! Sempre amb vosaltres" (Always Culers. Always with you) so the players can still feel the warmth of the fans, who will all be watching attentively from their homes.

Barcelona star Gerard Pique set for Copa del Rey final return - Football Espana
Barcelona have been handed a major boost ahead of tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final with Athletic Bilbao as Gerard Pique is set to return. Ronald Koeman‘s side face the Basque giants in Seville and former Spanish international Pique is in line to come back into the starting line up.

Marcelino: We need Lionel Messi to have an off night in the Copa del Rey final - Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelino offered a frank answer when asked about Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi ahead of this weekend’s Copa del Rey final. The Basque giants face their second Copa final in a month after losing 1-0 in the rearranged 2020 final against Basque rivals Real Sociedad.

Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen on Copa del Rey final: "These games are special" - Football Espana
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has stressed that his side are fully prepared ahead of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. The Blaugrana are aiming to bounce back from last weekend’s El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid in La Liga – a result that saw them slip to third in the standings.

Barcelona president Laporta on Lionel Messi renewal: "Everything is progressing properly" - Football Espana
The president of Barcelona has moved to reassure the club’s fans on the future of Lionel Messi by stating: “Everything is progressing properly.” Joan Laporta has spoken of his confidence that the Argentine star – who becomes a free agent in July – will remain at the Catalan club, where he has spent the entirety of his career.

Barcelona legend set to return to the club in coaching role - Football Espana
Rafael Marquez is set to return to the club in a coaching role. The Mexican spent seven seasons of his playing career at the Camp Nou between 2003 and 2010, scoring 13 goals in 243 appearances and winning 12 trophies in that time including four La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns.