Sevilla v Barcelona — Big Match Focus

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GETTYBarcelona star Philippe Coutinho says he is anxious heading into the Copa del Rey final

"If we weren't in the final, I would have liked for Sevilla to win the Cup", Rakitic said. In the Champions League we were favourites, yet we didn't go through.

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.

Colombian worldwide Luis Muriel is one option, with his pace causing Barca all sorts of problems in the recent 2-2 league draw between the teams. Barcelona now sits pretty at the top of the La Liga table, 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid with five games left in the campaign and they are anything but crowned champions of Spain.

"We are maybe the favourites but you still have to play".

Sevilla have not win in seven matches in all competitions and confidence levels are shaken as a result.

Although Barca's hopes of a Treble-winning campaign vanished after their shock quarterfinal defeat to Roma on April 10, the La Liga leaders are set to take on Sevilla in the cup final at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

"What we have to have clear in our minds is that while playing in a final is an opportunity, we must also know that we can lose", Valverde said. "But since I have been here, we have won every Cup final".

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Barcelona are looking to win the Spanish Cup for a fourth consecutive season - an achievement only two teams have managed before.

'Tomorrow, it's time to grit my teeth and go into the game.

Sevilla beat Leganes in the semi-final to book their spot in the final, while Barca saw off Valencia with a 3-0 win over both legs. "We will use our weapons and try to make them feel uncomfortable throughout the match".

"The days leading up to it are experienced with an eagerness to play, they are great moments and I am anxious for it to arrive".

Jeers are widely expected by part of the Catalan fans during Spain's national anthem even though Valverde said the club's position is to respect the hymn.

Coutinho has helped Barcelona edge closer to the LaLiga title with a 12-point lead with only five fixtures remaining, but his first winners' medal could come against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final in Madrid. "I just want the players to recognize each other".

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