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Copa Del Rey: The Final of the 21st Century

7 months ago  Raphael   Sport News

Barcelona are hoping to secure a domestic double this season, the first step of that endeavour will be Saturday's Copa del Rey final against Sevilla and the Andalusian club have faced a record number of finals against the Catalan giants.

LaLiga teams see Real Madrid and Barcelona as the benchmarks in Spanish football, these are the teams you measure your own progress against although it's known there is very little chance of you actually catching them.

In the Copa del Rey, you have a chance of success without even meeting one of the two behemoths and that's what teams generally hope for, although Sevilla have rarely been fortunate in that regard.

Los Rojiblancos have met Barcelona in six finals in the 21st century including the one set to take place on Saturday.

It's the most repeated match-up between Spanish clubs, and the Blaugrana are clear favourites given how regularly they reach such a stage in tournaments.

Real Madrid, Athletic Club and Sevilla were previously tied with five final appearances against Los Cules.

Should the Catalan giants secure the LaLiga title, we'll see a seventh final between the two teams in the Supercopa de Espana.

Lionel Messi has characterised the trophy laden era that Barcelona have lived through since 2009, he has seldom taken pity on Sevilla.

Juande Ramos' UEFA Cup success in 2006 saw the club qualify for the UEFA Super Cup in which they emerged victorious.

Then Pep Guardiola saw just one final between the two teams, that came in the Supercopa de Espana in 2010, the Manchester City coach resting several key players and losin the first leg 3-1, however normal service was resumed in the second as Barcelona cruised to a 4-0 victory.

From there we would have to wait five years before the next final meeting between the two teams, this came with Unai Emery in charge in the UEFA Super Cup once again.

A sensational match finished 4-4, only for Pedro to score a winning goal in extra time. Sevilla would then lose the 2016 Copa final, which proved to be Emery's final match in charge.

The match also went to extra time but, with the final coming just days after the club's Europa League final victory over Liverpool, the Andalusians ran out of steam and slipped to defeat.

Saturday's final is a moment of history for Los Rojiblancos, it will be their 17th final of the 21st century. They are the closest to Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have played in 30 and 25 finals respectively, in that same time frame.


source: marca.com/en



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