Copa del Rey Final 2019 : Barcelona vs Valencia: Copa del Rey Final 2019 preview – prediction, live stream, TV, team news, odds, tickets, Barcelona are out to make up for their Champions League disappointment be securing a domestic double when they meet Valencia in tonight’s Copa del Rey final.
Here’s how to watch Saturday’s contest:
Barcelona vs Valencia
Copa del Rey Final
Venue: Benito Villamarín Stadium, Seville
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN Deportes
Live stream: You can stream the match via WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+.
Copa del Rey Final 2019 Live
Not many clubs can secure a league title and still have their season deemed a failure. But Barca could achieve that, with their stunning Champions League capitulation against Liverpool overshadowing their LaLiga triumph which saw them finish 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Ernesto Valverde’s future at the Camp Nou is under scrutiny as a result, and defeat to Los Che this weekend could seal his fate.
This is a competition Barcelona have dominated, however, winning it more than any other club in Spain.
The tall, gangly Cristiano Piccini is one of Valencia’s unlikely heroes. The Italian right-back popped up in the box in the dying seconds of Valencia’s last game of 2018 for a crucial cameo. Valencia were hosting Huesca at the Mestalla Stadium. Valencia’s season was in disarray—they were lying 14th in the table, four points from the drop zone.
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Things were about to get worse. Only the crossbar saved Valencia from going 2-1 down to bottom-placed Huesca following a late free kick by Huesca’s David Ferreiro. With the ref about to blow full-time, Piccini stormed into the box in the last play of the game—with 94 minutes on the clock—and crashed home a left-footed shot first-time into the net. The stadium erupted. It’s the only goal he’s scored for the club.
“When Piccini scored the winner in the last second for Valencia, the Mestalla celebrated like ‘locos,'” says Toni Calero, a journalist with Las Provincias, a Valencia-based newspaper. “It was difficult to understand because in the end to win a match at home against a really inferior team was nothing big, you would think, but it was a turning point in the season.
“The coach, Marcelino, was on the ropes. His team had played a lot of games where they created chances, but they hadn’t won. So on a day when a goal goes in in the last second felt brilliant because it changed the dynamic of the team. It helped erase the pain of so many draws, which should have been wins. Valencia have had a lot of heart this season, and that was one of the games that proved it.”