Guardiola said on Saturday that “we will fall back on our youth players until the end. Going to the market doesn’t guarantee anything … From the very beginning we designed a small squad because we believe in our youth program.”
Barcelona has lost striker David Villa, midfielder Ibrahim Afellay and, most recently, defender Andreu Fontas to long-term injuries.
Guardiola has brought along a number of young prospects to Barcelona’s first team, including Spanish internationals Sergio Busquets, Pedro Rodriguez and Thiago Alcantara.
Barcelona plays Real Betis on Sunday.
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