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Ernesto Valverde may risk unbeaten run against Celta Vigo with cup final looming

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona set a La Liga record by going 39 games unbeaten on Saturday as they beat Valencia, but the coach may risk losing the chance to extend it on Tuesday when his team face Celta Vigo away with other commitments looming.

Barcelona play Sevilla next Saturday in the King's Cup final in Madrid and, having played a full-strength team against Valencia, Valverde must decide if he rests key players against Celta.

The coach has not rotated much, with key players selected in all the big games if fit, perhaps contributing to their Champions League quarter-final downfall in Rome, where they lost a three goal first leg lead to be eliminated on away goals by AS Roma.

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique have been carrying knocks, while Sergio Busquets was rushed back from a fractured toe. Ivan Rakitic is hoping to return against former side Sevilla after fracturing a finger.

Barcelona are 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the league with six games remaining and the temptation for many coaches would be to play fringe players against Celta to give the big names a break for the cup final.

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