Carles Puyol and Dani Alves talk to the press in Japan / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Carles Puyol and Dani Alves spoke to the massed ranks of the media in Yokohama, following the first training session at the training ground of Yokohama Marinos. Both players were clear that after the win at the Bernabeu, "the team are coming in to the game full of confidence," whilst insisting that game is in the past, "we are very happy for all the praise, but we know this is always tough. We are full of excitement and very keen, though well aware that it's going to be hard," explained the Barça captain.

Puyol explained, "we are coming to win. This team wish to continue to make history." Whilst Alves made it clear, "we are all very focused on this marvellous opportunity to take part in the Club World Cup. We are centred on this competition, which we have reached through hard work and doing things the right way".

Respect for Al-Sadd

Puyol and Alves again showed respect for Thursday's rivals Al-Sadd: "if Al-Sadd have made it into the semi-finals, it's because they are a good team. We will analyse them and try and beat them."

Puyol also expressed his satisfaction at the reception the team have been given in Japan: "we have always been treated well here. We are proud to see so many Barça fans and we hope to give them something to smile about on Thursday."