The critics are out in force after Barcelona fell to consecutive defeats in the space of a week. What better way to answer the fans and media than with a victory over their arch-rivals in a cup final.
First, Atletico Madrid dumped them out of the Champions League as Barcelona looked tired and lethargic. Then, they lost ground on the league leaders when suffering at the hands of Granada in La Liga. Their inability to finish the numerous chances created mean the questioning has only just begun for the players and coach Gerardo Martino.
The Copa del Rey might be their last chance of silverware for the season, as they sit four points off the top of the Primera Division, with only five matches remaining.