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Jan, 28, 2013

Busquets: Barca to attack at Bernabeu

Sergio Busquets says Barcelona will hold nothing back and set out to win in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against rivals Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Even though Barcelona have the supposed advantage of playing the second leg in front of their own fans at the Camp Nou later this month, the Catalan midfielder said his side would approach the game as if it were a one-off match.

"For us a good result in Madrid is to win, not to draw," Busquets said "We always go out with the same mentality. We are full of belief and motivation to get a good result."

While Barcelona should be at full strength for the game, Madrid will be without injured duo Iker Casillas and Pepe, while Sergio Ramos, Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao are all suspended. Neither Madrid's absences nor Barca's 15-point advantage in the Primera Division made his side favourites for the game, Busquets said.

"It will be an equal game, their absences will not be important," he said. "We need to look at the game from our own point of view, not theirs. We are coming into the game in good form, but the Copa is a different competition. We know a lot about them, we have played many times. Each game is different."

Barcelona's last game at the Bernabeu was August's Spanish Supercopa second-leg, when the Catalans lost 1-2 with Madrid thereby claiming the trophy on away goals. Busquets preferred to remember how his side had dominated possession despite playing most of the game with ten men after Adriano Correia was sent off after just 28 minutes.

"Even with a player less we had our chances to win," Busquets said. "We always have the same mentality. For better or worse. (Also) the two teams were at different levels physically because the Supercopa came so early in the season."

This week's game is the first of three between the sides in the coming four weeks, reminding many of the four clasicos in 18 days from spring 2011. Whatever happens on Wednesday, the tie would only be decided in the second leg in Barcelona in the last week of February, Busquets said.

"The tie will not be decided at Bernabeu," he said. "I do not believe either team can win it in one game. It is a two-legged tie, and the second leg is a while away yet."

Asked whether he was more likely to look to finish career at Barcelona like teammate Xavi Hernandez, or could decide to play elsewhere like Victor Valdes, Busquets, 24, said he was just thinking about the present.

"I am very young," he said. "In my mind I am just enjoying the present. I am very happy here. I do not know what the future will bring. The fans gave Valdes the [positive] reception he deserves because he has given a lot to the team."

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