Rijkaard: I can handle Barcelona star squad

Referring to his stars Ronaldinho, Leo Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto'o, Rijkaard said: "Whether they play together depends on the system of the opponent, their fitness, injuries, training ... they can play together, but there are many factors that can dictate things."

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On new signing Yaya Toure, Rijkaard added: "He is a player who has trained very well and he can help us in that position (midfield). He has played all the games as a starter because neither Rafael Marquez nor Edmilson were available. But this does not mean that he has not had a very important preseason."

He went on: "I hope that the management of a group of 22 players who can be starters works well. The truth is that it is not a special challenge for me. It is what we want, to have a great squad and I believe that the work will be quite easy for me.

"I like to work with intelligent players, who understand that they cannot win anything alone in a team sport because you need your teammates. In this sense, all the players are important, from number 1 to number 25 or 26."

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