After two years, the accumulated dust in the Barcelona trophy hall is being erased. Since winning the league title in the spring of 2019, the door has not opened. The new president, Joan Laporta, can start bragging about how the cups started to return with his arrival.
And, judging by how Lionel Messi celebrated after his goal and how he waved to the ceremonial box, it seems that Laporta will have something else to be proud of in front of the fans when summer comes ... Bilbao was kept alive by the football gods and goalkeeper Unai Simon for an hour.
But, when Barcelona broke that rampart, in which they struck with all their power for 60 minutes, a river of goals flowed. In nine minutes, three goals, and in the end 4: 0 for the Catalans and the Copa del Rey goes to the Nou Camp for the 31st time.
It is true that this trophy is less valuable than the Champions League or the Primera, but it is always valuable for Barça, which is why they have won it the most times of all Spanish clubs. And this trophy could take off the curse, to wipe the cobweb in the trophy hall, so that Ronald Koeman can also boast of the first piece of silver won since he came to be the coach.
Messi, De Jong and Griezmann
It was a perfect evening for Barca: Lionel Messi scored two goals and with a wide smile as if he announced that he would stay at the club, because it seems that he is enjoying the football played by rejuvenated Barcelona again, after a while.
Frenkie de Jong is also happy, and he can carry the epithet of a player of the match. For the first goal, he assisted Griezmann, he scored the second goal with his head, and in the third, his double pass left Messi alone.
In the end, Griezmann smiles also and finally has something to rejoice about since he left Atletico and came to Catalonia. He finally became a man who solves big games. Bilbao has nothing to regret. Barcelona missed three or four colossal, incredible chances before the first goal, De Jong hit the post at the beginning of the game, and goalkeeper Simon was crazy in front of his net.
The red and whites had possession of the ball below 20 percent, they wanted to win the Cup trophy without playing football. It didn't work out for them this time. A great dose of self-confidence, a strong wind in the back was given to Barcelona.
One is a trophy in hand, the other will be real drama. But, now it is easier to breathe at the Nou Camp, they can calmly go in race with Atletico and Real.