Pep Guardiola, accompanied by Leo Messi, fielded questions from reporters in the Ricard Maxenchs press room for the UCL pre-match press conference. On Wednesday's Champions League fixture, Guardiola said he understands that people know very little about FC Viktoria, the Czech side's debut season in the competition, but that if anybody is underestimating them it's simply because they have very little knowledge of them. The FCB coach urged his squad to err on the side of caution noting that "we always have to take these games very seriously... we should not lose our respect." This is Guardiola's fourth season on the bench, and he knows that "we have always found it more difficult against small teams than against more famous ones."

Two in a row against FC Viktoria

The Camp Nou will be host to Champions League football for the first time since AC Milan's visit in September. Barça will be meeting the same Czech team in their fourth group stage match, but away from home. The Catalans currently share the lead on four points with the Italians and Guardiola has stated that "the main objective is to win our next two matches. That would ensure qualification ... the first game at the Camp Nou will be useful for getting to know them well, meaning we won't be faced by any shocks in the return match".

Messi's evolution

Pep Guardiola also spoke about Leo Messi, saying that it is the player himself who is responsible for his amazing progress. "Everybody has their own way of learning. He has found his and is passing the test ... what we have to do is make sure that the best players get to see the most of the ball. Whatever else he does is exclusively his own work."

Quality at the new Masia

On Thursday at 8.00 in the evening, the new Masia is going to be inaugurated at the Ciutat Esportiva. Guardiola, who grew up at the old building, has said that "the new facility makes up for what it is lacking in history with an improvement in quality. The club has created a fantastic Masia."

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