Luis Suarez is fit to face Athletic Bilbao as Barcelona bid to pick up their second trophy of a potential treble in Saturday’s Kings Cup final, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday. Barcelona striker Luis Suárez once again trained normally today with the squad and only needs the medical green light to be able to play in tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic in the Camp Nou. He will likely get the nod from the doctors at the same time as Luis Enrique names his squad.Everything points, then, at the Uruguayan striker, who missed the last two games of the Liga with a slight strain, being in the starting XI for the final. He’s now taken part in three full training session with his teammates. Suarez has been in lethal form over the final months of the season, combining with Lionel Messi and Neymar as the Catalan side’s forward line has propelled Barca towards repeating their 2009 treble triumph.The […]

The Barça coach showed himself to be motivated and exicted for the Cup, a tournament that for him has a ‘special atmosphere’. With Athletic Bilbao their opponents, Barça will be aiming for a 27th victory in the competition and the coach made it clear that both he and the squad were not lacking in motivation. “It’s one of the best games you could possibly play in, for the atmosphere, and because there is a trophy at stake,” commented the blaugrana coach. “[The Copa del Rey final] is one of the most beautiful games you can play, no doubt, because of the atmosphere and we’re playing for a title,” he said at a Press conference. I’m not envious of the players. I stopped playing football years ago. Using motivational videos for players who are already super-motivated could backfire. We’ll try to get the press the right buttons. If you ask any Athletic fan, they also think they’ll will win. Faith is […]

All Spanish football competitions will be suspended later this month in a strike that could ‘indefinitely’ affect La Liga and the Copa del Rey in the final weeks of the 2014-15 season. The strike, set to begin with penultimate round of La Liga games next weekened, originates from a disagreement over television rights with the Spanish football federation unhappy with the government over a revenue distribution dispute. As it stands there are just three games left to play in the Spanish top tier, with Barcelona leading Real Madrid by two points at the summit, while Barca are also set to face Athletic Bilbao in the cup final on May 30. All matches from the May 16 start date of the strike will be suspended including the showpiece  Copa Del Rey final at the Nou Camp at the end of the month. This weekend’s fixtures, including Barcelona vs Real Sociedad and Real Madrid vs Valencia will not be affected. The vital […]