Suarez injured, Pique, Mascherano ready for Copa del Rey final

Alaves have done splendidly well to get to the summit clash, but in Barcelona, they should meet their match.

Pellegrino himself could be off with Watford and Crystal Palace among the club's watching the ambitious 45-year-old who played briefly alongside Luis Enrique at Barcelona. Find out by following our live matchcast.

Alaves play a compact 4-2-3-1 formation and while they have some key players, their biggest strength lies in the fact that they can choose from a variety of goalscorer rather than relying on one or two men.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique included Vidal in his squad on Saturday for the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves.

Gerard Pique described Alaves as the "revelation of the season" in a news conference on Friday.

Luis Enrique is finally saying goodbye to Barcelona, with one last chance at a trophy.

At the heart of their good play once again was Messi, who helped set up two goals and scored the other for his 54th goal of the season in all competitions.

Those eight trophies could become nine on Saturday, of course, and it would be hard to begrudge Enrique one final moment in the sun if his team overcomes Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.

It is unlikely that "Barcelona" will give a trophy, and this no doubt most of the experts.

Aubameyang also hit the crossbar late on as Dortmund put the defeats to Bayern Munich (twice) and Wolfsburg behind them in a record fourth-in-a-row final appearance. The first year he achieved the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League titles; in the second he missed out on the Champions League and in his third season he has been without a trophy so far. He is one of the best coaches in the history of the club.

However you package it up, though, Alaves are still a team Barcelona, with complete respect, expect to beat - even if this is, in the very correct use of the phrase (for once) their cup final.

And Pique wants his boss to go out as a victor in the last ever competitive game at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium. They failed to qualify for Champions League for the first time in 20 years, and will be looking for a chance to redeem their gloomy season by giving manager Arsene Wenger his seventh FA Cup title.

  • Leroy Wright