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There were few surprises when Pep Guardiola named a strong Barcelona squad for the trip to Valencia at the weekend...

Pep Guardiola has chosen a strong squad for Barcelona's must-win game against Valencia on Saturday evening, with only one player rested for technical reasons.

The Blaugrana boss has stated that he recognises that the game against los Che is arguably more important than their other games in the race for the title.

Despite usually rotating his squad, Guardiola looks set to maintain his strongest line-up and has only left out Sylvinho along with goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto for technical reasons.

Eidur Gudjohnsen and Albert Jorquera are both back in the 18-man party after missing the game against Sevilla in midweek and the Icelandic international could appear in the Mestalla.

Martin Caceres has recovered from tonsillitis but Guardiola has preferred that he remain in Barcelona and rest. Meanwhile, Pedro will play for the B team on Sunday.

Barca squad

Valdes, Jorquera, Alves, Abidal, Marquez, Pique, Puyol, Toure, Sergio Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Gudjohnsen, Iniesta, Hleb, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi, Henry.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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