Cillessen’s too good to sit on the bench
Jasper Cillessen sent Barcelona on their way to victory with a brilliant pass to Philippe Coutinho who then crossed for Luis Suarez to slot home.
It was a great piece of play by the Barcelona goalkeeper who also went on to keep a clean sheet.
Sevilla did not have too many chances but Cillessen was called into action and his best save of the night was a good block from Sandro.
Yet it was also a performance that made you think that he’s really too good to sit on Barcelona’s bench for another season. Will he leave in the summer? Possibly and while it would be sad to see him depart you could completely understand why.
Where’s this Barcelona been?
Coutinho talked before the match about the team needing to “play like Barcelona” and they certainly did that on Saturday night.
The football was brilliant and the goals gorgeous as they absolutely ripped Sevilla to bits with their best football of the season.
Is this the difference resting the team made? Were they extra-motivated by Andres Iniesta’s impending departure? Who knows, but please can we have more of the same?
Barcelona show great team spirit
Coutinho is still the new boy at Barcelona and he probably felt pretty hard done by after he scored but saw the referee rule it out and instead point to the penalty spot after Clement Lenglet had handballed.
Lionel Messi is Barcelona’s penalty-taker and Luis Suarez was on a hat-trick, but both players showed brilliant team spirit to hand the spot-kick straight to Coutinho, no questions asked.
The Brazilian duly despatched the kick to notch his fourth Barcelona goal. He’s going to be great next season isn’t he?
Iniesta signs off in some style
We all thought this was Andres Iniesta’s last cup final for Barcelona and when he was substituted late on his tears and greetings from team-mates pretty much confirmed it.
The midfielder certainly put on a show at the Wanda Metropolitano and the team also ensured he departed with a goal as he scored just his second of the season.
He received a standing ovation when he was substituted, with just minutes to go, and then was sent up to receive the trophy all by himself. He will be so missed.
Suarez makes up for lost time
Luis Suarez has not had the best time in Copa del Rey finals as he was injured in 2016 and missed last season’s due to suspension.
He’s had his critics this season but his goals mean he’s now scored in every single final he’s played in for Barcelona.
@LuisSuarez9 has scored in every final he's played with @FCBarcelona!— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) April 22, 2018
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Suarez’s double also mean he now has 150 for Barcelona in just 193 games which is pretty incredible going.