Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has played down concerns he could miss Saturday`s Champions League final with a calf problem picked up in last weekend`s Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique allowed himself a brief moment to savour Saturday`s King’s Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao before quickly turning his attention to the Champions League final against Juventus, the last leg of their treble tilt.
Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th King`s Cup.
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has returned to training with his team mates, suggesting he will be able to play a part in Saturday`s King`s Cup final against Athletic Bilbao after two weeks out with a hamstring problem.
Neymar struck twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League final on Tuesday, beating Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate in their semi-final despite losing 3-2 on the night to the Germans at the Allianz Arena.
Valencia lost ground in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Real Madrid will look to returnees Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos to give them a lift and clear the storm clouds hanging over them when they entertain Levante UD in a La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.
European champions Real Madrid will expect to take another step closer to becoming the first team in 25 years to retain the Champions League when they host Schalke on Tuesday holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their last 16 tie.