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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