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Barcelona taking no chances with Sevilla after Roma nightmare


(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said his side have learned from their shock Champions League exit not to take anything for granted as they prepare to face Sevilla in the King's Cup final on Saturday.

Valverde has the chance to win his first trophy as Barca coach and is one victory away from wrapping up the Liga title but his excellent debut campaign has been overshadowed by the 3-0 defeat by AS Roma which knocked his side out of Europe on away goals after leading 4-1 in the quarter-final first leg.

Barca have 35 points more than eighth-placed Sevilla and are favourites to win the final at the Wanda Metropolitano, which would see them lift the Cup for a record-continuing 30th time as well as becoming the first team since 1933 to win it in four consecutive seasons.


Sevilla came closer than any other team to ending Barca's unbeaten run in La Liga when the sides met at the Sanchez Pizjuan last month, with the Andalusians leading 2-0 with three minutes to go until Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored in the space of a minute to snatch a 2-2 draw.



Valverde lost the 2015 Cup final to Barcelona when in charge of Athletic Bilbao and was beaten in the 2007 UEFA Cup final by Sevilla in a penalty shootout when he was manager of Espanyol.




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