sport news Injury-hit Barcelona take on Valencia in Copa del Rey final

Barcelona and Valencia come into Saturday's Copa del Rey final from completely different places. 

Valencia are still on a high from scraping into the Champions League spots in the last three weeks of the season and want to celebrate their centenary with a cup win. 

Barcelona are still in depression after Champions League elimination. The pressure is on them to win the final and at least finish the campaign with a domestic double. 

Sportsmail breaks down the match that will bring the curtain down on the season in Spain.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona will aim to end their season on a high by winning the Copa del Rey following the disappointment of their Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool

Lionel Messi and Barcelona will aim to end their season on a high by winning the Copa del Rey following the disappointment of their Champions League semi-final exit to Liverpool

WHO'S IN BETTER SHAPE MENTALLY?

Valencia were not in the top four until the last month of the season. 

Even on the last day they were fifth after 20 minutes of their match away at Valladolid and Getafe's home game with Villarreal. But all's well that ended well. 

Full-back Jose Gaya said this week: 'There is no pressure for us because our objective this season was top four and we have achieved it.' 

Barcelona in contrast are still hungover from the semi-final. Gerard Pique said on Thursday: 'Anfield was a nightmare that is going to be with us for a long time.'

Valencia enter the final on a high having qualified for next season's Champions League

Valencia enter the final on a high having qualified for next season's Champions League

Watching brief 

BARCELONA vs VALENCIA

Copa del Rey final; Saturday 8pm BST

Benito Villamarin Stadium, Seville 

No live coverage on UK television  

WHO'S IN BETTER SHAPE PHYSICALLY?

Barcelona are without Luis Suarez who is recovering from knee surgery and Ousmane Dembele who is hamstrung. 

Philippe Coutinho is expected to be fit and although Nelson Semedo has done only light training this week after suffering a blow to the head in the final league game of the season he should be fit. 

Suarez will be on the flight however and so will others who can't play such as Denis Suarez and Rafinha. There will also be a seat on the plane for Kevin Prince Boateng. 

Valencia have no major injury worries beyond winger Denis Cheryshev who was ruled out for the rest of the season last month.

Philippe Coutinho is expected to be fit for the final following a hamstring injury

Philippe Coutinho is expected to be fit for the final following a hamstring injury

WHO WILL CELEBRATE MORE IF THEY WIN?

Valencia will have a party to end all parties. Barcelona are not planning anything if they win. 

They celebrated winning the league on the pitch in their penultimate home game. There will be no open top bus ride 'just' for winning the cup.

WHAT WILL IT MEAN GOING INTO THE SUMMER AND NEXT SEASON?

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