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Andres Iniesta expects Barcelona to produce 'great' performance

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Andres Iniesta is confident Barcelona can put their recent woes behind them when they face Real Madrid tonight in the Copa Del Rey final at the Mestella this evening.

Barcelona have endured some poor results lately, most notably their Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid last week, and their 1-0 defeat to Granada at the weekend. The results have left Barcelona's best chance of silverware this season being the Copa Del Rey.

Manager Gerardo Martino has also come under fire from the fans and media lately, and he wasn't helped by the fact defender Martin Montoya said Barcelona were "mentally screwed up" when speaking to the club's official website after Saturday's defeat.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Iniesta said he and his team mates need to leave the poor results in the past.

"It's true we're coming off a week in which we had two tough blows, but we have to put that to one side," he said.

“Sometimes it's difficult to separate things. This is a different competition and we're not thinking about anything other than the final and winning the trophy,” he said.

Barcelona can be buoyed by the fact they got the better of Madrid just a couple of weeks back when the sides met at the Bernabeu, winning 4-3. Barcelona have won the Copa Del Rey a record 26 times, and Iniesta says they will be going all out to add to that tally.

He explained: "If we want to win the cup, we'll have to be at our best. The team has what it takes and we'll be going for it.

"We will go there confident we can put in a great performance."

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