Barcelona start as favourites to clinch their 28th Copa del Rey title, as the La Liga champions face Sevilla in the all-important final at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Sunday. However, Barcelona cannot afford to take Sevilla lightly, as the latter are upbeat after clinching their third straight Europa League title on Wednesday in Basel.
Barcelona might have failed to win the treble like last season, after losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, but the European giants can still win two titles this season.
Barcelona, who are the most successful club in Cop del Rey history, have some incredible world-class players in their team, which includes Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. They play an entertaining brand of football, and if the trio plays to full potential, Barcelona are expected to win the game with considerable ease.
Captain Andres Iniesta is confident ahead of the final against Sevilla, who will be keen to stop Barcelona from winning the double this season. Winning the 28th Copa del Rey title is the objective for Barcelona at present.
"We enter the game in great condition and we are playing with the same motivation as always. I can feel the team is very enthusiastic about being able to win another cup. It makes you enter the game with more confidence and enthusiasm because now we have the chance to take this season to a higher level," Barcelona's official website quoted Iniesta as saying.
"We intend to put in a complete performance, because we have a team that is used to playing in finals. We want to win it again to make the history of this club even greater. Never in my wildest dreams could I have dreamt this."
Though Sevilla might be aware of the humongous task ahead of them, facing Barcelona in a title-decider, they are going to make life difficult for Barcelona. Sevilla are confident after their emphatic win over Liverpool in the Europa league final, but they need to play even better against the formidable Barcelona side to emerge victorious.
Their defenders needs to be on top of their game against Barcelona, who will attack Sevilla right from the start. Expect Unai Emery, Sevilla manager, to have some tactics in store when they face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. The manager will hope that his plans wil be spot on, and help Sevilla win the title.
"We have to adjust many things, be successful on defense, do a lot of help ... is a team that requires you a lot. Prepare matches against Barcelona and play them are precious remains . At the tactical level there are also many ways ... And then we know that as the Barcelona find all the success that usually, as are virtually KO. But we have many arguments as to think we can do things well and win this game," Sevilla's official website quoted Emery as saying.
Sevilla will depen on their star striker Kevin Gameiro, who has been one of the best players for them this season, scoring goals when required. He will be keen to use his pace and strength against the Barca defenders on Sunday, which makes up for an interesting watch.
Sevilla will take inspiration from their win against Barcelona in the La Liga earlier in the season. But taking this confident looking Barcelona, who have won their last six games after the Champions League exit, in the Copa del Rey final is a different matter altogether.
Where to watch live
The Copa del Rey final -- Barcelona vs Sevilla – is scheduled for 9:30 pm local time (1am IST, 2:30pm ET, 7:30pm GMT) start. Barcelona vs Sevilla Copa del Rey final will be shown live in India on Sony ESPN.
Abono Futbol and MovistarTV Futbol will broadcast the Barcelona vs Sevilla final live in Spain.
US viewers can watch the game in ESPN 2, with online streaming on Watch ESPN.
Supersport 3 Africa will provide live coverage of Barcelona vs Sevilla Copa del Rey final in Africa, and fans in Brazil can watch the Barcelona vs Sevilla Copa del Rey final on LaLigaTVCOPA.