Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona not to underestimate Sevilla

Sergio Conner
April 21, 2018

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said his side have learned from their shock Champions League exit not to take anything for granted as they prepare to face Sevilla in the King's Cup final on Saturday.

Of those previous three finals, Sevilla have only lost one - versus FC Barcelona, 2-0 in May 2016 (they won 1-0 against Getafe in 2007 and 2-0 against Atletico in 2010).

But their domestic success so far this season has been overshadowed by the nature of their Champions League exit.

Defending champions Barca are chasing their 30th Cup triumph while Sevilla are bidding to win their sixth, and first since 2010.

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"We've seen that it is possible to win against Barcelona, but for this to happen we have to be focused throughout the whole game and not lose concentration at any moment".

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Barcelona are also on the verge of winning their fourth consecutive Copa del Rey trophy after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-1 back in 2015 before defeating this year's finalists, Sevilla 2-0 and Alaves 3-1 last season.

"To win with Barcelona is an obligation, in the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa del Rey".

"They have a very good team and can cause you real damage in an instant". 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.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been cleared to return to action after undergoing surgery on a broken finger.

Barca will field their strongest available side with Sergi Roberto available despite being sent off in Vigo on Tuesday and a team with the firepower provided by Messi, Suarez, Phillipe Coutinho and Andres Iniesta, who is expected to announce a move to China soon after the final, is clearly going to be the favorite to win.

Sevilla have fewer questions to answer in terms of entertainment.

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