• The number 13 has much to do with this final. That’s how many titles Josep Guardiola has won since becoming Barça manager, and he has only missed out on five others.

• Thirteen is also the number of games between Barça and Athletic Bilbao since Guardiola has been manager. He has seen his team win nine of those games. The other four were draws, while Bilbao have not won any of those games.

• The games are distributed as follows: 8 in La Liga (6 wins, 2 draws), 3 in the Cup (1 win, 2 draws) and 2 in the Spanish Supercup (2 wins)

• This is the third time in four years that the sides have faced each other in the Cup. In the 2008/09 season, they met in the final, with Barcelona cruising to a 4-1 win. In 2010/11 they met in the round of sixteen, drawing 0-0 at the Camp Nou and 1-1 at San Mamés.

• The teams have only met with Bielsa as Bilbao manager in the two games played in the League this season. They drew 2-2 at San Mamés and Barça won 2-0 at the Camp Nou

• The Copa del Rey won three years ago at Mestalla was the 100th for the Barça first team. It was their 25th Cup title.

• Like then, FC Barcelona have qualified for the final with six wins and two draws. Two years ago they drew at Espanyol in the quarter finals (0-0) and at Mallorca in the semi finals (1-1). This year they drew with Real Madrid in the quarters (2-2) and Valencia in the semis (1-1)

• Five of the starters in the final against Athletic two seasons ago cannot do so this year. They are the injured Alves and Puyol, plus Bojan, Touré and Eto’o, who have since left the club. Five of the substitutes have also departed: Cáceres, Gudjohnsen, Hleb, Sylvinho and Víctor Sánchez

• In the 13 games against Athletic Club over the last four years, the FCB goals have been scored by Messi (8 goals), Bojan (4), Xavi (3), Sergio (2), Eto’o, Alves, Touré, Jeffren, Villa, Abidal, Keita, Pedro, Cesc and Iniesta (all with 1). In total, 27 goals in 13 matches

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