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MADRID - Holders Barcelona are in danger of being knocked out of a competition for the first time since April 2008 when they travel to Sevilla for tomorrow's King's Cup last 16 second-leg tie.
Pep Guardiola's side, who won an unprecedented six titles last year, must reverse a 2-1 deficit from last week's first leg. Failure would see them eliminated from a competition for the first time since Manchester United knocked them out of the Champions League at the semifinal stage at the end of April 2008.
Guardiola and the players were predictably upbeat about their chances of getting past the Andalusians after Barca's 5-0 thrashing of promoted Tenerife in La Liga on Sunday, their first win in three matches this year.
"We are full of confidence for the game," Argentina striker Lionel Messi, who scored a hat-trick to take him joint top of the La Liga scoring chart with 12, told reporters.
"The three goals are important but the win more so considering how we had begun the year," he said.
Sevilla, the 2007 Cup winners, are on a poor run of league form and suffered a third straight defeat on Saturday at home to mid-table Racing Santander. In other ties, Atletico Madrid will attempt to overturn a 3-0 first-leg humbling when they host second-division Recreativo Huelva on Thursday. - Reuters