Casillas: Barca's form means nothing in Copa final

The Spaniard doesn’t believe the Catalan club’s poor form will continue into the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday, while he has also refused to dwell on the absence of Ronaldo

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas does not believe that Barcelona’s dip in form will affect their performance in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday.

The Catalan club lost 1-0 to Granada in the league on Saturday, while they were also knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico recently.

Although Barca have suffered some bad results over the last few weeks, the goalkeeper has called on his team-mates to play their normal game as he is sure the Catalan club will be at their best in the final.

“Personally I do not trust anything that we have seen from Barca in the last week, despite defeats in the Champions League and the Primera Division,” the goalkeeper told AS. “The form of the two teams is currently very different but everything can change in a final.

“Winning is the collective idea, not just mine. The team has had a great Copa del Rey run and winning it would be the icing on the cake.

“It will not be easy though. It will be an exciting match, with great players and we trust in ourselves and in our way of playing. We believe that we will achieve a victory in the final.”

The goalkeeper also believes it is important not to dwell on the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, whom Madrid confirmed on Tuesday will miss the match.

“The loss of Cristiano is bad, but all the players in the squad that may not be available: Jese, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Cris, is also a shame.

“However, it isn’t worth thinking about those who aren’t playing, you have to think of those who are.

“The team is ready. Perhaps we haven’t had good results against major rivals, but the league is a regular thing, you are measuring us against 19 teams. In the cup you have to eliminate your opponents.

“The team is solid. If you come from good results the team has confidence. And we are in that line.”

Casillas refused to comment extensively on Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he would rather focus on the qualities of his own team-mates.

“I’m not going to worry about Messi. I guess Messi’s performance will concern their team more than ours as I am focused on my own team-mates.”

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