Athletic Bilbao have a chance to clinch two titles of Copa Del Rey in one month if they can win both finals next month in Estadio La Cartuja, Sevilla, the same venue which Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men won Super Copa de Espana earlier this year after thumping Barcelona in a dramatic final. Such would be a record in the history of Spanish football. They sealed one place in the final after beating Levante 2-1 in the midweek. This year’s final is their second one consecutively. The 2020 edition will be the first one to play as it was postponed due to the world pandemic. Both finals will still be played behind closed doors.
The 2020 Copa Del Rey final is bound to be held on April, 3rd when Bilbao will be facing off Real Sociedad in the Battle of Basque. It will be their second encounter at the final against their regional contender after the 1910 edition, which Bilbao won. Last season, Inaki Williams and Co defeated the La Liga dark horse in 2019/20, Granada by taking advantage of the away goal rule in a 2-2 aggregate.
Meanwhile, this year’s final edition takes place two weeks later, on 17th of April. However, the Basque’s side will be taking on the most succesful winners of the tournament, Barcelona, which also aims for the silverware as their hope to advance in Champions League is about to dash this season. Lionel Messi and Co are also still sitting on the second in the standings. So, winning Copa del Rey seems to be more possible target for Ronald Koeman’s side. They also have a vengeful agenda after their loss from Bilbao in this year’s Super Copa de Espana.
Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona have met in the Copa Del Rey final eight times. The first one took place in 1920 edition while the last time was held six years ago. Bilbao has only managed to defeat Barcelona twice so far, in 1932 final and the notorious one in 1984 edition when Diego Maradona was still playing for Blaugrana and ended in chaos as players from both sides were involved in a scuffle on the pitch. The late Argetine superstar was, in fact, the one who started the fight. Both finals ended in an identical score, 1-0.
Considering Marcelino’s men chance next month, the first final is more likely to win than this year’s edition, although it is still not possible. Bilbao has been in a stagnancy recently as they have just clinched one win in the past four games of La Liga. Since the former Valencia boss took charge, they have only lost twice, both were from Lionel Messi and Co.