FC Barcelona vs. Valencia - 5/25/19 Copa del Rey Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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"Our first leg against Liverpool wasn't too bad, but we didn't compete at all in the second".

Messi admitted Barca's horror-show on Merseyside is still hanging over them, as evidenced by a 2-2 draw at Eibar on the final day of the La Liga season. "It is true that they tainted us but beyond that, the rest was good". We knew that we couldn't repeat what had happened last season, and yet it happened again.

Barcelona and Valencia are set to square off in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, May 25. We have had a great season with the exception of the game at Liverpool. "It was very tough, it has been very hard to pull ourselves back up because the days go by and you can't forget this defeat".

Lionel Messi finally provided his thoughts on Barcelona's stunning 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg, that saw them crash out of the competition. "I think he was practically blameless for what happened with Liverpool". We left a very sad impression and we played so badly. "We all had our focus on winning the Champions League, so the disappointment was that much greater".

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Messi went on to offer a stout defence of Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, as he suggested criticism of his boss for his failure to halt Liverpool's march was misplaced. We were playing a final.

Messi likened the defeat to the 1-0 extra-time loss to Germany he suffered as Argentina captain in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.

The Catalans' hopes of a treble were dashed when they squandered a three-goal lead against Liverpool, who turned in a fantastic performance at Anfield to triumph 4-3 on aggregate in their semi-final. "A World Cup final is the biggest thing there is and it's a huge disappointment but to have a 3-0 lead and then lose the [Liverpool] tie. they are both huge disappointments." he said. "We're going to feel weird because of what happened the other time".

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