While Gerard Piqué watered cava to his teammates on the La Cartuja lawn, where Barcelona won their first final in Seville to win their 31st Cup, Messi was enjoying himself after scoring 31 goals in 34 finals with Barcelona. The Rosario, in addition, raised his first title as captain of the Catalan team. “This Cup is very special for me. It is the first as captain. This is a difficult year of transition, with many young people. It was difficult for us to start, we lost many points due to innocence but Atlético has given us the opportunity to cut back. We are going to fight for the League until the end, there are many dates left and anything can happen ”, argued Messi in Barcelona TV while some teammates from the Argentine, in the case of Ilaix or Griezmann, were queuing to take a picture with Messi and the Cup. “I’m happy for the young teammates who have won their first title. This Cup is very good for us after this difficult year. It’s a shame not to be able to celebrate it with our people, who have not been able to come, but these are the circumstances that exist now and there is no choice but to accept it ”, clarified the Barcelona captain. “In the first half we played well and we tired Athletic, which is a good rival, to later be able to win the final,” analyzed the Argentine.
With the question of whether it could be his last title as a player for the Catalan team, the question was a must for the president, Joan Laporta. “Leo is the best player in the world. He is deeply rooted in the club. I’m sure you want to stay. It is what we want the most. He has made a football exhibition, “said the president on Telecinco. “Enjoying Messi is a dream come true. He loves Barcelona and we love him ”, he added. “They are doing well,” said the manager when also asked about the future of Ronald Koeman.
Just after hugging a Koeman who quickly left the Sevillian stadium, leaving the celebrations to the players, Piqué was happy for Barcelona’s triumph. “It may be that the Cup is not the most important competition, but when you win it in a difficult situation, in a difficult moment after a year in which you have to start over, the truth is that this title tastes very well and It gives you great joy ”, said the Catalan central defender. “I am very happy for these people, for the teammates, for the team, who have been able to give it a twist after a very difficult start. Now the next objective is the League and if we get the double we will complete a great season, “added Piqué, who played with knee pain.
“Coaches depend on the results and the titles, but it bothers me that they wonder a lot about my future because this changes quickly. Winning a title is important to me, but especially for the players, who have fought for everything in difficult moments. If there is a team that deserves to win this Cup, it is Barcelona ”, said Koeman. “Nobody gave a penny for us and we have won the Cup and we are in the fight for the League,” clarified another of the team’s veterans, Jordi Alba.
Very touched by the defeat, Marcelino, Athletic’s coach, recognized the justice of the defeat: “What hurts me the most is that we have lost this final and the previous one, offering a lower level than we can give. Now we don’t have the capacity to win finals ”.