Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona not to underestimate Sevilla

  • Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona not to underestimate Sevilla

Ernesto Valverde warns Barcelona not to underestimate Sevilla

"I am not looking for excuses, it is true that with the cup games in January and February it saw draws like against Getafe and Espanyol but we will not say that tiredness was the reason for what happened in the Champions League".

Barcelona's new signing Philippe Coutinho admits he is eager to secure his first title with the Blaugrana just two months after joining the Spanish Giants.

"Barcelona are a great team, as we have seen in LaLiga", the former AC Milan coach told a media conference.

Atletico suffered their heaviest defeat of the season against a side that hasn't lost since Imanol Alguacil replaced Eusebio Sacristan four matches ago.

Midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been given the all-clear to resume training after surgery on a broken finger.

Barcelona battles Sevilla in Madrid for the Copa del Rey title on Saturday, as Ernesto Valverde looks to earn his first trophy at the Catalan club.

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.

Both teams have met only once before in a Copa del Rey final, with Barca winning 2-0 at Vicente Calderon in May 2016.

For Barcelona, the Copa del Rey title would reassert its dominance. Indeed, this match will be their fourth final in the competition since the turn of the century. That is if they are not crowned champions on Sunday, which will be the case if Betis win away to Atletico.

It also began thriving in the Champions League, comfortably making it through the group stage and eventually eliminating Manchester United in the last 16.

A trophy, which is the goal for any quality team. They are in yet another final in what's proving to be an incredible era in their makes for an intriguing encounter, one that Sevilla are more than capable of managing well.

"We may be the favourites but you still have to play".

Watch the Copa del Rey final - Sevilla v Barcelona - live from 8.25pm on Sky Sports Mix.