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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is fully aware that Sevilla test will be difficult...

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was had warm praise for Sevilla ahead of the two sides' meeting on Sunday.

The champions currently sit seven points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, but know that this lead could be cut short if the club aren't at their best against Gregorio Manzano's men.

"They have been doing well for several years. They’re one of the big teams, one of the classics, with good players and they play a very defined way. It is always a hard place to get a result, and it’s surprising how much noise the crowd makes. Sevilla is one of the big teams in this league and we’ll need to play well," Guardiola told the media in his pre-match press conference.

At least Barcelona can call upon a near full strength squad; although captain Carlos Puyol will miss out again through injury.

"He had a bad injury and has undergone treatment, and is feeling better all the time. But he is still getting some little bits of trouble and so we’re continuing his treatment. He’s feeling positive. We are all working to get him back, but he’s certainly out for tomorrow, and we’ll see about next week. But there has been a major improvement."

Victory over Sevilla would be Blaugrana's 25th win this season in La Liga.

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