Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao go head to head on Saturday night, in the final of the Copa del Rey, with both teams fired up and keen to lay their hands on the famous trophy, at the end of ninety minutes or more.
Appearing at a press conference onn the eve of the final, midfield pair Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets underlined their expectations, conscious that their Basque rivals will be just as motivated as they are.
Wary of the dangers Athletic can pose, Iniesta noted: "Athletic will be really going for this game from the start, because that's what they've done in every game we've faced them."
In agreement with his team-mate, Busquets added: "They won't leave us any easy ball to challenge, and anything can happen in a final, so we certainly won't underestimate Athletic."
One of the season's objectives has already been secured, with Barcelona already crowned as champions of La Liga. Now they're just two games away from achieving a fantastic treble of silverware, if they can win the Copa del Rey and the Champions League over the coming days.
Clearly that's an ambition deeply rooted in the minds of the Barcelona players, as Iniesta explained: "We've already won La Liga, so winning the double is an added motivation. We know we'll have to do everything spot on though."
"The team is aware we're at the point of achieving something very important, which isn't achieved very often." The iconic 31-year-old observed.
Analysing what could be a monumental season for the Catalan giants, highlighting the importance of the cup, Busquests pointed out: "It's true the team is doing very well. We've got better an better throughout the season, and we have the chance of making this a historic season, but without securing this second trophy, we won't have a chance at the treble."
Inevitably, Barcelona head into the final as strong favourites to beat Athletic, but Iniesta warned: "We're putting any thoughts of favouritism to one side, or thoughts of being winners, before we've even played the game. In a final, any circumstance can affect things, so the difference between winning and losing is very close."
Sharing the thoughts of Iniesta, that nothing can be taken for granted in a final, Busquets concluded: "Barça are favourites for all competitions, but in a final anything can happen. We've won the last two finals against Athletic, but out there on the pitch, it's always eleven versus eleven."
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