Andrés Iniesta gesticulates during a press conference in the days before the first league Classic against Real Madrid of the 2014-14 League.
In June the player finishes his contract, a link that can be extended year after year until he wants to, and everything points to his undertaking in China next season. The stage in the elite of one of the best players in the history of Spain is over .
As if it were a relay race, Iniesta disputes his last final and gives the baton to Ernesto Valverde who will live his first final as coach of Barça (except for the Supercopa de Catalunya).
Seventeen finals of Barça
Saturday's against Sevilla will be final number 17 of Iniesta with Barça . Since debuting in 2002 with the first team, the azulgrana have played 19 finals, in three of which the player was not injured.
He was not in the 2009 Cup final against Athletic or against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Supercopa, in the year of the historic sextet that culminated with his absence in the final of the Club World Cup.
Of those 16 finals played, he has only lost four. On Saturday, against Sevilla in the Metropolitan Wanda, Andrés Iniesta will put on his boots to contest a final with Barça for the last time the farewell of a legend.
Valverde opens in finals
] On the other hand, Ernesto Valverde will direct Barça in a final for the first time. And although Espanyol won the Supercopa de Catalunya last March, this will be the first level: a highly anticipated title that would be the third consecutive for the club.
Things have not gone as expected in Champions, but Valverde has amply demonstrated that he is at the height of the Barça bench a step away from conquering the League without having lost a single game.
Andrés Iniesta finishes his era, but Ernesto Valverde has the Saturday the opportunity to certify that he has successfully started his.