La Liga Champions in the making, Barcelona are hoping to secure a domestic double this season, as they take on Sevilla on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Both team’s Saturday showdown, will be the sixth time they will be involved in a Copa Del Rey final game with Barca winning four out of the previous five meetings in 2010, they met for the double legged encounter, Barcelona were defeated in the first leg as Pep Guardiola rested several key players and they lost 3-1, however, in the return leg, Barcelona cruised to a 4-nil victory.
The last time both team met again in the finals was in 2016 when Barcelona also ran home victorious.
Barcelona has not tasted defeat since they lost in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final to Espanyol and their surprise Champions League ousting by AS Roma.
Since then, the club has gone ahead to set a new unbeaten record in La Liga following their 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Tuesday night.
For Sevilla, they will need to win the Copa Del Rey Cup if they must return to Europe competition next season.
The Andalusian are currently placed 7th in the La Liga table and already missing out from Europe competition means they will not be wearing their five stars gold badge as the only team to have won the Europa Cup five times.
The final would also be a moment of history for Sevilla, as it will be their 17th final of the 21st century. They are the closest to Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have played in 30 and 25 finals respectively, in that same time frame.
Barcelona will be gunning for the trophy to ensure they secure two silverwares this season and they would be aiming to win for their fans to compensate for their Champions League exit as they were aiming a treble before AS Roma dented the dream.
Piqué, Sergio, Iniesta and Messi are the four players that have the most Cup final appearances in Club history with a total of eight (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Against Sevilla, they will have the chance to win their sixth Copa del Rey Cup, and also exceed the seven finals played by Mascherano, Migueli and Segarra.
With Ivan Rakitic returning to the squad after he picked up an injury at the Stadio Olimpico, the Blaugrana now have a full house to prosecute the game with Lionel Messi who came off the bench to help Barca to a 2-2 draw in their last league game, ready to lead the squad.
The trophy would also be emotional to Barcelona captain, Andres Iniesta who could be leaving Camp Nou after this season.
WHAT THE COACHES ARE SAYING
Vincenzo Montella: “We’re playing for a title, and therefore this game is an important one. There are things we need to improve on and we’re going to prepare for the clash away from home in the best way possible”.