Ernesto Valverde secured his first trophy as Barcelona coach with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Sevilla, yet it was Andres Iniesta who took the headlines with a quite expert performance proving that retirement isn’t on the agenda for the midfielder.
With it expected that the 33-year-old will head to Chongqing at the end of the season, the Blaugrana captain put in a near perfect performance that epitomised everything positive about his illustrious career with the Catalan giants.
He rounded it off with an incredibly well taken goal, just his second in a cup final over the course of his career, despite taking the ball round David Soria, he still was able to place the ball into the net from the tightest of angles.
Jasper Cillessen showed why it is important for goalkeepers today to be good with their feet. He was excellent in the build up for the second goal by Barcelona as he stopped Sevilla’s pressure with a 50 yard pass that any of his teammates would have been proud of.
Jordi Alba is defender who can play as a striker and his contribution going forward is a big help for the team. In particular he links up well with Lionel Messi and he provided an assist for the Argentine to get the second goal.
Luis Suarez rediscovered his eye for a goal with a double against Sevilla. He was lethal with the ball at his feet and it is a shame for Barcelona that he wasn’t so dangerous in the Champions League.
It is the fourth time that Sevilla have conceded five goals since Vincenzo Montella arrived and his tactics failed from the start. There was a big difference between the sides and now the team is also struggling to get in Europe next season.
Sergio Busquets produced another consistent display in midfield where he was crucial in the build up play. Still he made a poor challenge on Mudo Vazquez that could have seen him sent off.