Guardiola caps Barca reign with 14th trophy… can he now be wooed by Chelsea
23:06 GMT, 25 May 2012
Barcelona won their 26th King's Cup when two goals from Pedro and one from Lionel Messi gave them a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in coach Pep Guardiola's final match in charge on Friday.
It was the 14th title of Guardiola's four-year reign and capped a season in which Barca finished second behind arch-rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.
Glittering end: Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola (centre) celebrates King's Cup success
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with his team mates
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is now waiting to hear if Guardiola will carry out his promise to take a year out of the game after he indicated he would be open to offers from England.
Barca made much the brighter start on a warm evening at Atletico Madrid's Calderon stadium and were ahead after a third-minute corner when Pedro pounced on a loose ball and fired home.
Lip service: Looks like Tito Vilanova (left), who will take over from Pep Guardiola, has already picked up some handy tips
Up for it: Guardiola didn't look like a man in need of a rest
Andres Iniesta then capped a lengthy period of Barca domination in the 20th minute with a superb pass that sent Messi clear and the World Player of the Year cracked the ball into the roof of the net for his 73rd goal of the season in all competitions.
Backing: Barcelona fans hold up a sign saying 'Thanks Pep, get in gear Tito'
Five minutes later Barca had a third after Xavi laid the ball off to Pedro just outside the area and he curled a low left-foot shot into the corner, leaving several of the Bilbao players shaking their heads in disbelief and their red and white-clad supporters stunned.
Bilbao, who were soundly beaten by Atletico in the final of the Europa League this month, barely troubled Jose Manuel Pinto in the Barca goal and the second half was short on goal-mouth action as Guardiola's side closed out a comfortable win.
Early strike: Pedro Rodriguez scores Barcelona's opening goal
Marcelo Bielsa's Bilbao team end the season trophy-less but with the consolation of a place in next season's Europa League thanks to their runners-up finish in the Cup as Barca take their place in the Champions League.
Super stars: Lionel Messi, right, celebrates his goal with Andres Iniesta
Success: Barcelona's midfielder Xavi holds the King's Cup