Barcelona 2- 2 Eibar: Ernesto Valverde want more from Barcelona in cup final



Ernesto Valverde hopes Barcelona's 2-2 draw at Eibar will serve as a wake-up call ahead of the Copa del Rey final.

Lionel Messi scored a quick-fire double after Marc Cucurella's opener, but the champions were pegged back in the last game of their LaLiga campaign by Pablo De Blasis' equaliser.

Barca head to Seville to face Valencia next Saturday as they look to win a record fifth straight Copa del Rey.

And manager Valverde knows his side will have to improve if they are to complete another domestic double.

"All the matches serve (as tests), but Saturday's match will be different because the teams are different and because this was marked by the fact that Eibar didn't play for anything," Valverde said at his press conference, according to Marca.

"We tried to gauge the intensity of the game and we were good in the first half, but in the second half we couldn't overcome the pressure and we had fewer chances and we made dangerous mistakes.

"We are ready for the final and the game served us well because we were put in our place."

Messi's brace took him to 50 goals for the campaign in all competitions.

He ended the league campaign with 36 goals and claimed the top-scorer award for a record-equalling sixth time.

He ended the game playing alongside 21-year-old Barcelona B forward Carles Perez, who came off the bench to make his first-team debut.

He said, according to Marca: "I'm so happy, it has been an unforgettable moment that I will always remember.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get my debut this season, but the boss just said to be calm.

"I'm not used to playing on the left, but it felt good in the end."

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