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Russia and Sweden will fight out second place in Group D this Wednesday, with a win for either side good enough. Click here for the latest match odds!

Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o have been told they have no future at Barcelona.

“We are putting a team together and they aren’t in our thoughts but we’ll see what happens,” said coach Pep Guardiola at his official presentation.

“This comes from analysing questions of performance, seasons they have had in the team, and other intangibles.”

The 37-year-old former Spain and Barca midfielder replaced Frank Rijkaard who was sacked at the end of last season.

Brazil forward Ronaldinho has been courted by Manchester City and Milan.

“If it was felt Ronaldinho wanted to return to be the player he was, he would be here,” Guardiola said. “But there has been a deterioration in the situation and I want to forge a strong dressing room.”

Midfielder Deco, 30, who joined from Porto in 2004, has struggled to recapture his early form at Barca and has been linked with Chelsea and Inter.

Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o has missed a large part of the last two seasons through injury.

“We are looking for a number nine who will complement Thierry Henry and Bojan Krkic, so that the three will all feel like first choices.” Guardiola said.

MODERN FOOTBALL

Guardiola was a member of Johan Cruyff’s so-called “Dream team”, who won four consecutive league titles between 1991 and 1994 and the European Cup in 1992, but his only coaching experience came when he led Barca B to promotion to the Segunda B (third tier) last weekend.

“I understand the doubts people may have over my experience. I know I am here because of my past as a player,” he said. “I feel the doubts will start to recede in a couple of months because I am convinced in my abilities.

“I would like to promise titles but I can’t and I think it would be a mistake. I know we don’t have time to lose. I want us to dominate games, I am a big fan of attacking football and prefer to see the ball in the other team’s half.”

President Joan Laporta expressed his confidence in Guardola.

“He combines all the conditions necessary to be the best coach in the history of Barcelona football club,” Laporta said. “He knows enough about football and the club, and will assure us of modern, attacking football.”

Russia and Sweden will fight out second place in Group D this Wednesday, with a win for either side good enough. Click here for the latest match odds!

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