Barcelona vs. Sevilla in Copa del Rey final

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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.

The 54 year old coach went back to the haunting memory of the exit at Rome, when asked about the favorites' tag, "There was a similar situation against Roma, where Barca were very much the favourites and people were already perhaps thinking about the next stage and it didn't happen, The important thing is to think you could lose the match - if you go into the game thinking only that you can win it, that is when you are in trouble". In the Champions League we were favourites and we didn't go through.

Sevilla have not won in seven matches and will no doubt be underdogs as they take on a Barcelona outfit looking to win its first piece of silverware under manager Ernesto Valverde in Saturday's Copa del Rey final.

He added: "This team is mentally prepared for this game". Since Vincenzo Montella took charge in December, they have beaten Atletico Madrid, twice, Manchester United and drawn with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

"We know how they play, that they have quality and a fast counter-attack", Coutinho said. Although Barcelona was dramatically knocked out of the Champions League earlier this month, Lionel Messi & Co. defeated Valencia 2-0 in the Spanish Cup semifinals to continue their run at the trophy.

They will also look to complete the first ever unbeaten domestic campaign in Spain's top flight, needing to avoid defeat in their final five games to achieve the feat.

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Barca have registered four wins out of five against Sevilla in all competitions but needed late goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to salvage a draw when they met at the end of March.

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).

Valverde only joined the Catalan side in the summer.

"The pressure is the same with other finals, you have not won the title as you still have to play the final and there are two teams involved".

The coach has a full-strength side to choose from after Ivan Rakitic recovered from surgery on his finger although he said he will keep faith with Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who has played in all Barca's Cup games but not featured once in the league this season. "I just want the players to respect each other".

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