Guardiola expecting ‘gem’ to shine

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Barcelona are hoping to seal their progression to the Champions League round of 16 within the next two games, with the side facing Viktoria Plzen tomorrow night in their third group stage match.

Barcelona currently sit second in the Group H table, level on points with first-placed AC Milan but behind after the 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp on week one.

And while Andres Iniesta has just made a comeback from injury, returning to action against Racing Santander last Saturday, Pep Guardiola believes that the midfielder has shown he could be the difference as Barcelona aim to take three points tomorrow.



“You should have seen him at training this week,” Guardiola said.

“For him the important thing is to be happy. He is a different kind of player, a gem. We hope he can help us a lot.”

Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez are both out of contention, with the pair injured, while Gerard Pique has hurt his leg for the second time this season and will also miss out on the European match-up.

Barcelona defender Eric Adibal insisted that despite the side being overwhelming favourites to win their next two matches against the Czech side, the Catalan squad are not underestimating the importance of the game.

“These are two important games, six points to be won,” Adibal said.

“We know that if we can reach ten points we are practically in the next round.”

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