Former Barcelona player, Michael Laudrup, is hoping for another ‘spectacle’ when Barcelona and Real Madrid meet in the Copa del Rey final tonight.
Laudrup, who as a player was part of Barcelona’s ‘dream team’ and also played for Real Madrid, last coached Swansea City. He guided the Welsh side to win the 2013 League Cup – the first major trophy in the club’s history – but was sacked in February.
He believes the Blaugrana are still in the race for La Liga, saying that "Barcelona still have a chance, as everything can change in a couple of games.”
Laudrup expects "a very open game and a way of recovering if Barça win” for tonight’s Copa del Rey final.
"It won't be easy because they have to face their arch-enemy. I hope we see a spectacle like the last Clásico,” he told Spanish radio station La Xarxa.
The Dane expects Lionel Messi to silence his critics after the Argentine had gone through a similar rough patch before the last El Clasico and then scored three goals and assisted the fourth in Barcelona’s 4-3 at Bernabeu.
"It's very complicated when you speak about him. He's the best in the world and one of the all-time greats. We've been spoilt,” Laudrup added.
“In recent games, he hasn't been at his best, but people also said that before the 'Clásico' and he scored three goals and created another.”
When asked if he would like to manage Barcelona, Laudrup laughed off the question as "typical fishing for headlines,” and responded: "We don't need to talk about that. Everyone wants to manage a big club and Barcelona are obviously one of them.”
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