Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen spoke to the press on Friday before the Copa del Rey Final against Athletic Bilbao in Seville.
Ter Stegen, like the natural leader and captain he is, was very rational and honest in his remarks about why Barça lost El Clásico and the Spanish Supercup in January, but made it clear the tea is confident and better prepared to win on Saturday.
The German spoke of how special these title games are for him, and he thinks Barça will be in better physical shape to face Athletic this time compared to the Supercup.
“It’s an opportunity to win a title. Obviously we have the match from a few months ago in mind and we hope it won’t happen to us again. Until minute 90 we were better, but then we noticed the fatigue.
“This time we will not have the 120 minutes of the semi-final in our legs. We are prepared. It is a final and we see it independent of what happens in the rest of La Liga, but if we win you will feel very good and if you lose it you will be left with a really bad feeling.
“We never get used to winning titles as each is a very big effort, it means being one hundred percent in a full season. The effort we made to get here deserved this final and we are going to give it our all.
“It is a 50-50 final before starting, but if we do our job as before the international break, we have many options and always playing a really complete game.
“These games are special, I take these moments with me for a lifetime, it’s what one wants to experience as a footballer, and I was waiting for the moment to be here again.
“In the second half of El Clasico we played well and made a good effort, but you have to do it for 90 minutes. That interrupted us little, but we have had several training sessions since and we are good for the final.”