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Barcelona vs Valencia: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Copa del Rey final preview


Valencia, meanwhile, are seeking to cap a terrific conclusion to the season that saw them achieve a fourth-placed finish in the Primera Division, sealing Champions League football for next term in the process.


Luis Suarez is definitely missing after undergoing knee surgery a couple of weeks ago and Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out, although Jasper Cillessen, linked with a move away from the club, has been the Copa del Rey keeper in any case.


Rafinha remains out on a long-term basis while a late call-up to the France Under-20 World Cup squad for Jean-Clair Todibo to replace the injured William Saliba means that he is unavailable for this encounter.


Unity has been the key theme to Barcelona’s preparations for the Copa del Rey final, with head coach Ernesto Valverde receiving unwavering support from the club in the face of rumours that he could be jettisoned at the end of the season.


Barca’s collapse against Liverpool to exit the Champions League having held a 3-0 advantage travelling to Anfield was an embarrassing affair, yet president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stressed prior to Saturday’s match that the former Sevilla coach remains in the long-term plans of the Camp Nou club.


It is fitting that Barcelona have such a focus on togetherness ahead of this match given they have used the entire breadth of their squad to reach the final during a furious phase at the start of the year, in which they successfully juggled responsibilities in three competitions.






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