Valencia shock Barcelona in Copa del Rey final

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Ernesto Valverde's men said in the build-up that a win would help ease some of the pain of the Champions League loss to Liverpool, but they were sub-par again, in the Seville heat.

Barcelona´s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Valencia´s French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia during the 2019 Spanish Copa del Rey (King´s Cup) final football match between Barcelona and Valencia on May 25, 2019 at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla.

But they were humiliatingly beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in the return leg and Saturday's loss robbed them of a domestic double, with Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno putting the game beyond Barca despite Lionel Messi pulling one back.

"[I will think about it] for all that generated this year to be in the Champions League final and how close we were", Messi said. It was hard to pick ourselves up as you could see in the following game.

"Today is just to thank the fans for their support of the team and to tell them that the season ends with a title, a league that was also very important for the club".

"We have not been able to fulfil our own expectations: we celebrated the league title, we thought we could make a triplet and we stayed on the road at the decisive moment in the Champions League and in the Copa del Rey".

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When asked if he himself was considering leaving Barcelona, Messi responded: "No, no, no".

Messi added: "Wearing the armband? We won a double last year and we can repeat that this year".

"The worst thing we could do, and what we cannot forgive ourselves for, is the fact that we did not compete".

Barca were looking to win the competition for the fifth year in a row, a feat that has been achieved in Spain before.

"It's different from the game we played a fortnight ago, but we've lost again, that is reality, the feeling". We're Barça and we are obliged to win everything, especially against Valencia.

"We've reached a first final in 11 years, a first Europa League semi-final in five years, and qualified for the Champions League for the second consecutive year".

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