Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the Barcelona goalkeeper, discusses Copa del Rey final, which they will play on Saturday. And he has confirmed that his team is completely prepared to face Athletic Bilbao.
The Catalan giants are looking for a domestic league and cup double, and also their first Copa title since 2018.
This match will be a rematch of 2015 final, in which Ter Stegen played. After losing last season’s final to Real Sociedad just a fortnight ago, the Basque side are yet to win a Copa since 1987.
It’s also a rematch of the Spanish Supercopa final three months ago, in which Athletic scored a last-minute equalizer. They then won the trophy in extra time.
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Ter Stegen told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday, in quotes carried by El Mundo Deportivo: “It’s an opportunity to win a title. Obviously, we have the match from a few months ago in mind and we hope it won’t happen to us again. Until minute 90 we were better, but then we noticed the fatigue.”
“We never get used to winning titles as each is a very big effort, it means being one hundred per cent in a full season. The effort we made to get here deserved this final and we are going to give it our all,” he added.
The Blaugrana are looking to rebound from last weekend’s El Clasico loss to Real Madrid in La Liga, which saw them drop to third place in the table.
“This time we will not have the 120 minutes of the semi-final in our legs,” Ter Stegen said. We are prepared. It is a final and we see it independent of what happens in the rest of La Liga, but if we win you will feel very good and if you lose it you will be left with a really bad feeling.”
“It is a 50-50 final before starting, but if we do our job as before the international break, we have many options and always playing a really complete game,” he predicted.
“These games are special, I take these moments with me for a lifetime, it’s what one wants to experience as a footballer, and I was waiting for the moment to be here again,” he continued.
“In the second half of El Clasico we played well and made a good effort, but you have to do it for 90 minutes. That interrupted us little, but we have had several training sessions since and we are good for the final.”