Teary Iniesta given flawless send-off as Barca win Copa del Rey

  • Teary Iniesta given flawless send-off as Barca win Copa del Rey

Teary Iniesta given flawless send-off as Barca win Copa del Rey

Barca's Copa del Rey triumph brought up Iniesta's 31st trophy with the Catalan club, who could claim the LaLiga title next weekend should they beat Deportivo La Coruna and Atletico Madrid fail to overcome Alaves. Iniesta scored and pulled the strings for Barcelona in a dominant display as they won the tournament for the fourth season running and a record 30th time.

Suarez and Messi combined to completely put the game to bed before half-time as the ex-Liverpool star profited from good work from his fellow South American.

Ivan Rakitic is desperate for Andres Iniesta to quash speculation over his Barcelona future and commit to remaining at the club where he has established himself as "one of the greatest players in history".

Barcelona are also three points away from winning the Spanish league.

Leo Messi has carried Barca at times and in Vigo and in the 2-2 league draw in Sevilla, his absence has been too obviously noted, limiting Valverde's options of resting his key player. "There are many emotions, many feelings, many years - I'm happy to be able to give this image and the title".

Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez for the opening goal in the 14th minute and Barcelona dominated the rest of the game.

"It would be hard to find another player to replace him".

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was taken off with two minutes left to play and the legendary midfielder went off amidst loud cheers and applause in what felt like an emotional final for the Barcelona man.

"It was a great night in all ways, on a collective and personal level", Iniesta said. Today the people deserved this.

"Inesta took the cup from the king's hands, lifted it up and we all asked ourselves why he is leaving". But the day Iniesta leaves is the day we will all cry.