Josep Guardiola / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ -FCB

Josep Guardiola spoke to the media in his first press conference since the team arrived in Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup and explained that he had told the players: "not to blow the chance to win the World Club Cup - it's an opportunity that doesn't come around too often. At stake is the chance to become the World's best team." The boss also insisted that the players needed to adapt to the Japanese local time zone and to show maximum respect for their semi-final rivals Al Sadd: "there could be plenty of surprises."

Guardiola was wary of taking on the role of favourites: "we won't be the best team in the world until we win this," and explained: "we have the responsibility to show our very best."

In a packed press conference, Guardiola again showed his human side, referring to the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last March: "I hope Japan can recover as soon as possible. Coming back here is always an honour."