Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is expecting a hard physical battle against Qatari side Al Sadd in Thursday’s Club World Cup semifinal, but the Argentine insists his team has no plans to deviate from the fast-passing style that has brought it so much success in recent years.

Barcelona takes on the Asian champions in Yokohama on Thursday in its first game since arriving in Japan late Sunday night, with the Qataris having already tasted tournament action with a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Tunisia’s Esperance earlier the same day.

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