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GOING TO THE CAMP NOU LOOKING FOR FINAL NUMBER 21 IN 15 YEARS

With the 2-0 win in Nervión, Sevilla are looking for their 21st final since 2006

Not even the most ambitious Sevilla fan could have imagined what would come after that famous win in Eindhoven. Given the stature of the Club back then, to have reached one final in the next fifteen years would have been noteworthy. But the team have reached many more than one final since then: tonight they will be looking for their 21st final since 2006. These stats help to understand what the Club has become: it was not too long ago that Sevilla celebrated qualifying for the UEFA Cup and promotions to La Liga.

The scoreboard gives way to dreams as the team travel to Barcelona two goals up and without having conceded at home, meaning an away goal tonight would be incredibly valuable. However, the Camp Nou, even without fans, is one of those stadiums where it seems that the first leg score does not matter no matter how favourable it is. Julen Lopetegui has travelled to Catalonia with his full squad although it is not clear how fit Marcos Acuña and Lucas Ocampos are after suffering from long-term injuries. The team's mission tonight will be to go out onto the pitch and not think for a second in last Saturday's defeat against the same team and believe that another final is possible.

Lopetegui has travelled to Barcelona with all of his squad, including Acuña and Ocampos

Ronald Koeman's men will be buoyed by Saturday's win at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán which put them right in the La Liga title race. They will be motivated to turn around a tie that three weeks ago seemed to be gone from them after a much stronger Sevilla performance than at the weekend. Since that defeat, Barcelona have managed to get back up and put together a strong run of form. Despite coming off injured at the weekend, it appears that Pedri will be able to play. The last result at the Camp Nou was the 1-1 draw in the league, a result that would be enough to qualify for the final tonight.

Tonight's match will be refereed by José María Sánchez Martínez. He has refereed one game each for both teams this season: Sevilla's 2-0 win away to Eibar in Ipurúa and Barcelona's 2-1 win at home against Real Sociedad.

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