Unbeaten in La Liga and virtually certain to win the title, a domestic double may not be enough to remove the lingering disappointment from Rome, particularly if arch rivals Real Madrid clinch their third consecutive European crown. "I live with a little anxiety," Barca midfielder Philippe Coutinho said Thursday.
"But it is a very important and very happy moment, playing a final only two or three months after arriving." Another surprise loss this weekend would certainly settle the argument, even if it seems strange to declare a team under pressure six days after they marked the longest unbeaten run in La Liga history.
In moulding his team around organisation, hard work and the irrepressible Lionel Messi,
Sevilla have fewer questions to answer in terms of entertaintment. Since Vincenzo Montella took charge in December, they have beaten Atletico
They have also conceded five goals at home to Real Betis and lost to minnows Alaves, Eibar and
"The most important thing is to think about ourselves, how we have to play and what we should do to win." Sitting seventh in the table and 17 points adrift of the top four, a trophy -- particularly with a win over Barca -- would diminish a disappointing league position and enhance their run to the Champions League quarter-finals. Lose, and there will be little left to cling onto.
"We have a great opportunity to win a title for the club," Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia said. "We have to think about the good things from this season. "It is true we have not been consistent in the league but in the Champions League we have made history and in the cup we have the opportunity to lift a trophy."
While Barca, the defending champions, are chasing their 30th Copa del Rey triumph in the Wanda Metropolitano stadium's first tournament final, Sevilla are bidding to win their sixth, and first since 2010. Barca fans are expected to jeer
"I just want the players to respect each other." Atletico