Barcelona and Sevilla both booked their places in the Copa del Rey final this week and we already know they are scheduled to meet on Saturday April 21st.
What we don’t yet know, and a decision is expected on Monday, is where the final will be held.
Ivan Rakitic has stated the obvious and said the teams “should find a neutral venue that suits everyone” while a rather nonchalant Andres Iniesta has said the venue is not important.
There are a few options, so let’s have a look at them:
Atletico Madrid’s brand, spanking new ground looks the most obvious chance, as it’s in a good location for both teams, is a neutral venue, has a big capacity and is all shiny and new and lovely.
However, it’s not quite as simple as all that, as Atletico are scheduled to face Real Betis on the ground on the same weekend, and therefore a fair bit of rescheduling may have to take place.
Barcelona have already visited the Wanda this season and departed with a 1-1 draw, while Sevilla were beaten 2-0 in La Liga but won 2-1 in the Copa del Rey at Atleti’s home.
Of course the Bernabeu would be a really fun venue to hold the final, but I think we all know there will be some essential maintenace work going on there whatever weekend the Copa del Rey final is on, and Barcelona are in it. Next.
Barcelona will have fond memories of the Mestalla having won 2-0 in their semi-final second leg against Valencia and the stadium will offer a neutral location for both teams.
Valverde’s side drew 1-1 at Mestalla in La Liga in November, while Sevilla were thrashed 4-0.
At just over 50,000 capacity it’s not quite as big as some of the other grounds, but it has hosted the final before and will be a strong contender.
Estadio Benito Villamarín
According to AS, Sevilla have suggested that Real Betis’s ground, the Estadio Benito Villamarín, could be used, as their local rivals are away at Atletico Madrid that weekend.
However, while Sevilla might be keen, it’s not a particularly neutral venue as Barcelona would have to travel a long way, and therefore it looks unlikely.
Ramon Sanchez Pizuain or Camp Nou
Sevilla president Jose Castro has apparently suggested the final should be played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizuain, and while it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the final could be held either there, or at the Camp Nou, obviously it’s not a great idea.
Ernesto Valverde has already said he doesn’t fancy playing at Sevilla: “I played a Copa del Rey final in the stadium of the opposition [with Athletic Club at Camp Nou in 2015] and I wouldn’t like to repeat that.”
It looks therefore a pretty straight fight between the Wanda Metropolitano and the Mestalla. But where do you think that Copa del Rey final should be held? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!