The Catalans finished 11 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga but are still reeling from their shocking defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final. Barca will be without Luis Suarez who has undergone knee surgery while Philippe Coutinho has returned to full training.
Valencia were knocked out of the Europa League by Arsenal in an embarrassing defeat at the Mestalla but have been buoyed by securing a top-four spot on the final day of the season with victory over Valladolid.
We’re just moments away from kick-off at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.
Lionel Messi was speaking ahead of the game, but rather than focusing on the possibility to clinch more silverware, he showed he was still haunted by Liverpool’s heroic Champions League comeback.
We are all aware that this is a final, another title, and if we don’t win, we will be a lot worse than we are now. We have to try and overcome what has happened and try to win this match.
Former Gunners Coquelin and Paulista both start for Valencia:
The teams are in. Coutinho and Arthur are both fit to start for Barca:
Welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage of the Copa del Rey final as Barcelona look to secure a second successive domestic double when they take on Valencia.
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