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Guardiola, at Tuesday's press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pep denies that the team is over-confident ahead of a theoretically simple cup tie against a team from Division 2B and referred to previous encounters against similar lower league outfits like Benidorm, Cultural Leonesa and Ceuta, saying that "we have also played on artificial grass before, so that's no excuse. We have played in all possible conditions and have always adapted, so tomorrow will be no exception ... the most important thing is for the people coming to the stadium to enjoy a good match and we will be trying to get the best result we can."

The manager is sure that once again "the players will give a lesson about who they are. It is very good for the club that they'll do that, because over time future generations will know that there were once players here who did just that. I am convinced that they will approach the match with the same intensity with which they have been training over the last two days."

Good game ahead

Guardiola is also sure that Wednesday's match "will be a nice game, and good to watch," especially because he knows that his Hospitalet counterpart, Jordi Vinyals, "likes to play ... they are strategically strong." He also feels that the opposition will go out onto the pitch "to play the game they have to and it'll be intense."

With some internationals away, Guardiola has had to draft in some of the reserve team to make up the numbers, but still feels that "the team we will be taking will be Barça ... Barça will be taking 13 first team players and 5 fantastic reserve team players will be there to help. I feel quite confident playing with reserve and youth team players. They give their all because that is their desire."

Going all the way

FC Barcelona have moved further adrift of league leaders Real Madrid, and Guardiola said that "if they have three points on us it's because they've done things better than we have ... we can only promise that we'll fight until the end, we want to do what we have done in all competitions for the last four years ... If we don't win, we'll congratulate our opponent because it'll mean they have done better."

Guardiola also commented that David Villa "has a little issue with his tibia ... He's getting by because he's so strong. He'll be there tomorrow to give us a hand, he's very competitive, and he has won everything that he has."

League with 16 teams

When asked about President Rosell’s proposition to reduce the amount of teams in the Spanish League, Guardiola said, “I’m not an executive. This issue was already being discussed when I was a player. It’s not a bad idea, and it would let us breathe a little, because this [the season] doesn’t let up. In any case, this is an issue for the executives to decide.”

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