Barca look to gift Guardiola 14th trophy

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Barcelona could win Pep Guardiola's 14th trophy for the club when they play Atheltic Bilbao in Friday's Copa del Rey final.

The match at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium will be Guardiola's last in charge of the team, ending an unprecedented period of success for Barcelona since the former player took charge in 2008.

The former Barcelona and Spain international, will be hoping for a repeat of his first cup victory three years ago after beating Athletic 4-1, earning his first prize for his trophy cabinet.

If Barcelona win on Friday it will be the fourth trophy this campaign after winning the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup, and will also be the club's 26th domestic crown.

After his huge success at the club it is hardly surprising that Guardiola will be missed by the players.

"His departure is going to be dramatic for me," defender Gerard Pique said. "He'll leave a void but with Tito (Vilanova) we'll continue on and we'll do well."

The pair of teams have combined to win the competition 48 times and the matchup promises to provide unrelenting, attacking football.

However, despite Barcelona's second place finish in La Liga, Athletic Bilbao know they face a tough challenge.

"We know what Barca is, the great team it is," Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente said. "They're better than us, but in a final we can cut that difference down and play equal to them.

"They are missing important players, great players, but I'm sure they will find others to fill in."

Barcelona remain without injured striker David Villa and their defence is also depleted as Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal and Daniel Alves are all missing.

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