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Spain: 'Stop Messi at all costs' - Valencia manager's tactic for Copa del Rey final

Spain, Jerez
May 24, 2019 at 23:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Valencia CF manager said his side would have to stop Lionel Messi if they stand any chance of winning the Copa del Rey.

"We will seek to let him interact in the game as little as possible specially in his most influential areas," Marcelino told journalists at a pre-match press conference in Jerez on Friday.

Fortune favours the brave however, and the Valencia acknowledged his side would have to rely on "luck" to beat domestic champions and cup holders Barcelona.

On the training pitch, Valencia players were filmed mucking around as the session drew to a close.

Valencia, owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, last won the Copa del Rey 11 years ago. The trophy was also their last piece of silverware.

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Valencia CF manager said his side would have to stop Lionel Messi if they stand any chance of winning the Copa del Rey.

"We will seek to let him interact in the game as little as possible specially in his most influential areas," Marcelino told journalists at a pre-match press conference in Jerez on Friday.

Fortune favours the brave however, and the Valencia acknowledged his side would have to rely on "luck" to beat domestic champions and cup holders Barcelona.

On the training pitch, Valencia players were filmed mucking around as the session drew to a close.

Valencia, owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, last won the Copa del Rey 11 years ago. The trophy was also their last piece of silverware.

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SOT, Dani Parejo, Valencia CF player: "It is true that for them the fixture against Liverpool was a hard day after what happened in Rome last year but it has been a while and we are playing for a different tittle. If they win this trophy it would be their second this season and those are enough reasons for them to be motivated and go for the victory."

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SOT, Marcelino Garcia Toral, Valencia CF head coach: "The second question is a good one. How to stop Messi? But I think that most of the coaches don't know how. We will try as we have always tried. We will seek to let him interact in the game as little as possible specially in his most influential areas and then be lucky that he doesn't have his best day."

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SOT, Marcelino Garcia Toral, Valencia CF head coach: "It is the perfect time because it is a final. And it is rare to play a final. FC Barcelona plays many and Valencia CF depending on the moment of its history in some moments more than in others. We are here to try to defeat FC Barcelona and I don't think that because of their defeat in Champions League and us qualifying for it that it will influence much in the final result."

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W/S Valencia CF Players arriving to the pitch

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M/S Valencia CF players bumping the technical stuff members

W/S Valencia CF players bumping the technical stuff members

M/S Valencia CF players chasing and bumping a technical stuff member

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W/S Valencia CF players training

M/S Valencia CF players training

W/S Valencia CF players training

M/S Valencia CF players training

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