FC Barcelona have trained for the last time before tonight's Spanish Cup Final #FinalCopaFCB

Barça used Valencia's training ground this morning / PHOTO: FCB
Tata Martino held a gentle training session at the Valencia training ground, where Piqué worked out in isolation

This morning, Barça trained for the last time before the Spanish Cup Final against Real Madrid at Mestalla. The squad arrived in Valencia on Tuesday evening and left their hotel on Wednesday morning for a gentle training session at the Valencia training ground in Paterna. The full squad was there apart from Gerard Piqué and Jonathan dos Santos, with the former doing specific work in the hotel and the latter working on recovery from his injury.

In Paterna, Cesc Fàbregas met Senderos, who he played with at Arsenal and is now at Valencia. The training session was also attended by former Barça player Rufete, the current director of sport at Valencia, who had a long chat with Andoni Zubizarreta and Paco Seirul·lo.

And there was a further visitor on Tuesday in the form of Seydou Keita, who recently signed for Valencia, and popped by the hotel to say hello to his former Barça colleagues.

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MATCH REPORT – FC Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in a Spanish Cup Final with no clear favourite (9.30 PM CET)

Messi was outstanding in the 4-2 win at the Bernabéu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
There is no clear favourite for tonight’s game at Mestalla and both sides are missing key players

It’s 63 days since FC Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in the semi-finals. Tonight Mestalla hosts the Spanish Cup Final and the Catalans face old rivals Real Madrid. It’ll be a peculiar final. There is no clear favourite, both sides are missing important players to injury, and for the first time in several years, these two teams are not the runaway leaders in La Liga.

Barça come into the game following a disappointing week in which they were knocked out of the Champions League and suffered a serious setback in their quest to win La Liga. Real Madrid would appear to be heading in the opposite direction. Not without difficulties, they came through their European quarter final against Dortmund and following two consecutive defeats, have got back into contention for the league championship.

It all means that the situation is not unlike it was prior to Barça’s impressive 4-3 win at the Santiago Bernabéu. Before that match, they had just lost at Anoeta and Valladolid, but then took all three points in one of the most action-packed clásico encounters in recent memory. Barça also won when the sides met earlier on in the season, 2-1 at the Camp Nou.

It’s hard to work out which side is best positioned for the cup final. Barça have just suffered important defeats in the other two competitions, but have still had the upper hand over Real Madrid in head-to-head meetings this season.

Things are made all the more uncertain by the absence of several key players this evening. Gerardo Martino has been missing Valdés, Dos Santos and Cuenca for some time, while no fewer than three centre backs, Piqué, Bartra and Puyol, are all last-minute doubts. Without them, there is a serious lack of defensive resources in his squad.

But Real Madrid have problems of their own. Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo is very unlikely to play any part in the proceedings, and it doesn’t look like Marcelo or Khedira will either, while there are also doubts concerning the fitness of Sergio Ramos. More long-term absentees Arbeloa and Jesé are also out of the equation.

Barça, with 26 wins, is the club that has won this trophy the most times, while Real Madrid hold the record for the most finals, 38. It’s a repeat of the final of three years ago, which was also played at Mestalla, and was decided by a Ronaldo goal in extra time. Now is Barça’s chance to set the record straight.

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When and where to watch the Copa del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Listing of TV channels and kick off times for tomorrow’s Copa del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid

Wednesday night’s final at Mestalla is one of the biggest games of the season, and here’s a TV channel guide showing the the kick off times for differnet time zones from around world. If the game isn’t being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça and the international web sites.

USA – 3:30 PM (EST)

ESPN

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Brazil – 4:30 PM (Brasilia)

Esporte Interativo

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br and www.fcbarcelona.pt

South America – Buenos Aires 4:30 PM / Santiago Chile 4:30 PM / México D.F. 2:30 PM

DIRECTV

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es and www.fcbarcelona.es

China – 3:30 AM (Thursday morning) (CST)

Now Sports 2, PPLive, QQ Sports Live

FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn

United Kingdom – 8:30 PM

Sky Sports

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

France – 9:30 PM (CET)

Canal+ Sport

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

India – 1:00 AM (Thursday morning) (IST)

Ten Action, Ten HD

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Indonesia – 02:30 AM (Thursday morning) (WIB)

RCTI – Indonesia, Orange TV Indonesia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id and www.fcbarcelona.co.id

Japan – 4:30 AM (Thursday morning) (JST)

WOWOW, SKY PerfecTV LIVE

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap and www.fcbarcelona.jp

Russia – 11:30 PM (MSK)

Sportbox.ru, Sport 1 Russia, Rossiya 2

Spain – 9:30 PM (CET)

TVE

FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es,

@fcbarcelona_cat and @fcbarcelona_es

Arab countries – 0:30 AM (Thursday morning: Mecca Time / GMT+3)

BeIN Sports Arabia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara and www.fcbarab.com

*Source: Live Soccer TV

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