Luis Enrique insists his Barcelona team will need no extra motivation in the Copa del Rey final today.
With the Primera Division title already won and a Champions League final to come on June 6, you could be forgiven for thinking that the showpiece against Athletic Bilbao would not be top of Barca’s priorities.
But with Barca chasing a 27th cup victory and Athletic a 24th, Luis Enrique expects the two most successful teams in the history of the competition to put on a show.
Article continues below ...
"It’s one of the best games you could possibly play in, for the atmosphere and because there is a trophy at stake," he told the Spanish press at a pre-match press conference.
"I am not going to use any motivational video because the players are already completely motivated. There is plenty of impetus for them to win.
"After lots of matches in the competition and a faultless run, now the best is to come. We are highly motivated and we don’t value any trophy over another.
"I won’t play 11 footballers, I will play with the 23 players from the squad who have brought us here."
He added: "Athletic are one of the most difficult sides to play against, they try and take the ball off you and they put you under pressure at all times."
The manager confirmed that he had a fully fit squad to choose from, including forward Luis Suarez who has recently been suffering with a hamstring injury.