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Barcelona players eager to get Champions League qualification out of way

Barcelona are seeking early qualification for the next round of the Champions League with victory over FC Copenhagen.

Barca took over top spot in Group D with a 2-0 home win over FC Copenhagen a fortnight ago, and that has left Pep Guardiola's side on seven points - one clear of the Danes, five above third-placed Rubin Kazan and six better off than Panathinaikos.

Therefore, with only two rounds remaining after this week, Barca will guarantee themselves a top-two finish in the group if they can down FC Copenhagen at the Parken Stadion.

Barca playmaker Xavi admits securing qualification so early would be a boost, saying: "That would mean we could rest some players, but it won't be easy to beat Copenhagen."

Lionel Messi added: "It'd be good to get a win so that we can practically forget about the Champions League for a while."

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