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The Spain international is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Spanish cup final, and stressed that it won't be an easy encounter

Barcelona playmaker Xavi is looking forward to the Copa de Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, and has urged his team-mates not to underestimate the Europa League finalists.

The Spain international feels that Bilbao could cause the Catalans problems with their physical approach, and expects an even encounter.

"They are very demanding opponents, because they mark man to man. They are a physically strong side, they run for 90 minutes and create a lot of pressure up front," Xavi stated at a press conference.

"[Fernando] Llorente, for example, never stops running. Such intensity doesn’t leave us with much time to think. It’ll be a great match. I think it’ll be very tough and physical."

The Copa del Rey final takes place on May 25.

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