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Barcelona, Sevilla seek Copa del Rey

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2016 | 5:21 AM
Barcelona's Luis Suarez

 

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final today.

Barcelona are defending their domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning a second straight Spanish league title.

The Liga champions face a Sevilla side that is riding high after coming back in the second half to beat Liverpool 3-1 and clinch a third straight Europa League title last Wednesday.

"It's the last game of the season, everything has a beginning and an end, and we are heading into the match highly motivated to win another title," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said yesterday.

Despite his team's advantage of four more days of rest and preparation, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta expects Sevilla to be a bigger threat after having retained the Europa League crown.

"It makes them more dangerous," Iniesta said. "They have already won a title and will be feeling great. This is a team that always plays us tough. It has great players and a coach that gives it a lot of character."

Sevilla have tested Barcelona three times this season.

Barcelona needed extra time to edge Sevilla in a 5-4 shootout for the European Super Cup last August.

Unai Emery's side then dealt Barcelona a 2-1 loss in Seville before the Catalan club won 2-1 at its Camp Nou in their two league meetings.

Barcelona will again look to its trio of star forwards to finish off the campaign with another trophy, adding the cup to the league, Club World Cup and European Super Cup titles.

Striker Luis Suarez leads Barcelona with 59 total goals across all competitions, followed by Messi's 41 and Neymar's 30.