Cups runneth over: Barcelona, Sevilla aim to add to recent hardware in Copa del Rey final

The recently crowned Primera Liga and Europa champions will vie for one more trophy in the Copa del Rey final.

Former Barcelona goalkeeper and sports director Andoni Zubizarreta, left, and former Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute pose with the Spanish King's Cup trophy on May 20, 2016. (EPA/JAVIER LIZON)
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BARCELONA, Spain – Important titles secured, Barcelona and Sevilla aim to sweeten already successful seasons in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday.

Barcelona is defending its domestic cup trophy at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, a week after winning its 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 on Wednesday.

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“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 on Saturday.

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.”

Iniesta, who along with Lionel Messi holds a career 27 club trophies, helped Barcelona lift three of its record 27 Copa del Rey titles – in 2009, 2012 and 2015.

Sevilla has 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.

Sevilla will likely stick to its tried and trusted strategy when it faces Barcelona of soaking up its attacks while looking to exploit the speed of striker Kevin Gameiro.

Sevilla has won the Copa del Rey five times, with its last title coming in 2010.

Luis Enrique praised Emery for making Sevilla an expert in knockout tournaments.

“(Emery) is one of the best coaches in European football,” said Luis Enrique. “They are specialists in finals and in turning around an adverse score in a final. I am optimistic that we will win, but our rival will be in the match until the end.”

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