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Barcelona

 By Lee Roden

Treble-chasing Barcelona must address difficulties with youth team

Barcelona are one game away from the treble after winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

The dying days of May saw two branches of FC Barcelona sway in very different directions.

On the 30th, the first team served up another demonstration of its rude health, Lionel Messi's jaw-dropping heroics in the 3-1 Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Club suggesting Juventus will have a tough job blocking a second treble in the Catalan club's history.

On the 31st, the team where Messi honed his craft, Barca B, were officially relegated to the Spanish third division. They dropped out of the second...

Barcelona cruise to Copa del Rey win but Champions League test still ahead

First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar would be enough to propel Barcelona 3-1 over Athletic Bilbao, securing the Copa del Rey crown and their continued search of the historic treble.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona claim their 27th Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, led by Lionel Messi's two goal effort.
Barcelona continued their quest for the treble with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Even though Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, duly setting up their chance at a treble with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Club, there was relaxation at the Camp Nou on Saturday night.

Nerves didn't jangle, players were caught on their backsides, the Catalans were outperformed by the Basques.

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The Copa Del Rey winners, who will face Juventus next Saturday in Berlin for a "winner takes all" Champions League showdown, strolled around the pitch while their manager, Luis Enrique,...

Messi magical in Barcelona's Copa del Rey triumph over Athletic

First-half goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar would be enough to propel Barcelona 3-1 over Athletic Bilbao, securing the Copa del Rey crown and their continued search of the historic treble.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
Barcelona claim their 27th Copa del Rey title with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, led by Lionel Messi's two goal effort.
Barcelona continued their quest for the treble with a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi scored a brace, and Neymar chipped in another goal for their team, which enjoyed 74 percent of possession and created 12 goalscoring chances. Barcelona attempted 11 shots and were precise with their accuracy, with seven on target and one that hit the post.

As expected, the Spanish anthem was jeered ferociously by both sets of supporters, a way to express their discontent with the political situation their...