Iniesta: We’re passionate about the final

Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta is confident motivation will not be an issue when the Catalans face River Plate in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.

Iniesta was once again pulled the strings for Barcelona in midfield in their 3-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-final, providing the assists for the first of three Luis Suarez goals on the night.

While not considered a major tournament by many, the 31-year-old insists the Catalans are taking the competition seriously and fully intended to claim the trophy on Sunday.

"The first goal has been met. We're passionate about the final. We hope to take the trophy home with us," he told AS.

"The motivation will be as greater or greater. There are people who haven't won, others who want to win again.

"I won't deny that it's a special pleasure. Hopefully we can reach the objective.

"We have to emphasise River's unit and Argentine football in general. If we're not 100% we'll suffer problems."

Both Lionel Messi and Neymar were absent from the semi-final victory, but Iniesta revealed one or both of them could be back in time to play some part in the final.

"[Messi's involvement] will depend on the next few days. He and Neymar might be involved. They make us stronger," he concluded.