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Sergio Busquets speaks to the media following Barça's first workout in Japan on Monday. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

"We are very motivated to play the semi-final against Guangzhou," said FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets following the team's very first training session since arriving in Japan on Monday morning.

Busquets took some time to talk about Thursday's game against Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, which beat Club América from Mexico in the quarter-final on Sunday in order to reach the semis.

He also stressed the difficulty of the game. "They've got some Brazilian players, and their coach is [famed manager Luiz Felipe] Scolari and they haven't lost for a long time," said Busquets.

The Barça number five also had words of praise for the Japanese fans, who have turned out in droves to see Barça travel and train. "Whenever we come here they greet us very well. They are very faithful fans who always go crazy when they see us," he said.

"We are very grateful to come back here to play a very important Club World Cup," he continued. "To the extent that we can we'd like to return the affection."


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