Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes his side are a step above the rest with Carles Puyol in the team following his return from injury.
Puyol is ready for action this weekend against Real Sociedad after recovering from knee surgery he underwent in June.
The Spain international missed the 5-0 thrashing of Villarreal in the opening round, but he is finally back and ready to go.
“Puyol gives us something that only a few people can give,” Guardiola said. “He is our captain and he has the experience having dealt with thousands of tricky situations before.”
“He has suffered a lot, but seeing him determined in training makes us so much stronger.”
Guardiola’s own future is always subject to speculation. The coach’s current deal expires in 2012 as he is happy to sign on a year-to-year basis.
Barcelona want to tie him down in the long term, but the Spaniard has dribbled past the questions.
“This club does not depend only on its coach,” he added.
“It depends on the board, the players and the fans. I am not worried as I know this club will always be stronger whether the coach or a player leaves.”