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Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick against Guangzhou / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona are in the final of the Club World Cup in great part thanks to the three goals scored by Luis Suárez against Guangzhou Evergrande and in the International Yokohama Stadium, the Uruguayan lead from the front with both Neymar and Messi missing. “We had two important players out and the only thing we had to do was to be focused and we hope they are back quickly,” he admitted. On the victory the Barça number 9 added: “It is from all the team and all the Club.”

Ahead of the final on Sunday, Suárez commented on the challenge facing the Catalans if they are to take their fifth trophy of the season. “We knew we had a good chance of coming up against River. They have shown one of the top teams in the Americas.”

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Andrés Iniesta also gave his views after the game in Yokohama:

“First objective completed, and we are on the verge of another passionate one. We have to give everything to take the trophy home.

“It will depend how they recover in the next few days, let’s hope that Messi and Neymar can be there for the final, they are key players for us.”

“The motivation in the final will be the same or even greater. We are excited about winning the Club World Cup again on a personal and collective level and we know how to face up to it.”

Sergio Busquets

“We have completed our first objective with flying colours”

“We have to be really concentrated during the entire game and that is not easy because they were an unknown team who had knocked out América as underdogs, but we have done it and we are happy”

“Now we have to face River and we know that there is a lot at stake. It will be difficult but pleasant, but we will do everything we can to be champions.”

Mascherano

“We want to win the final, but it will not be easy. Our opponents are very competitive and they are used to playing in and winning finals. Let’s hope it is a good game”

“in that sense, I am cool. At the moment I am a Barça man and I want to win. I don’t like playing against River [his boyhood club] but we are excited about playing well and winning.”

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