Sergio Busquets explained that the squad is travelling full of motivation for Wednesday's game, with the aim of wrapping up top spot in Group H. Sergio was full of praise for Wednesday's opponents and the San Siro stadium, but he insisted: "a win will give us a big morale boost and plenty of prestige."

The players will be facing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, but Busquets refused to be drawn on the comments that the Swede has made about his time at the Club recently: "I won't talk about that, it's not the time. We are playing Milan, not Ibra. We are just thinking about the game, not him."

Andrés Iniesta

Barça go into the game without Iniesta, who is being rested as a precautionary measure and Busquets commented: "he is an important players for us, who can really shake a game up. It's not a serious injury and I hope he will be back with us for the next game."

Guardiola rested Busquets himself for the Zaragoza game, but the midfielder is clear that: "if you look at the future and the games we have coming up, it's good to get a rest. We are not a big squad and a rest now will be much appreciated further down the road. Everyone always wants to play, but we understand that this is for the best for the whole team."

Asked about Messi not being involved in these rotations, Busquets answered: "he's the best player in the world – a guy who makes all the difference – and also a really strong player. It's very important for the squad that he plays."

Team focussed on their own performances

Busquets was also questioned as to Madrid's current form and replied: "they may be stronger this season. They've been together for quite a while, they've had some continuity and it's only normal that they are stronger. I just look at my own team though, and we have to continue playing as we have been because we have some tough opponents ahead of us. Every game, whatever the competition, will be tough." He also added that the games between Barça and Madrid this season "could well prove to be decisive."

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