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The midfielder won his fourth medal in Europe's elite

club competition last year and is hopeful that a fifth

is a realistic prospect in 2015-16

Andres Iniesta is confident that Barcelona can

make history by becoming the first team to defend

the Champions League this season.

The Catalans enjoyed a brilliant first season under

Luis Enrique, sealing a historic treble with the 3-1

win over Juventus in May’s Berlin final.

No side has ever successfully retained Europe’s

elite club competition in its current form, although

Barca did win two in the space of three years with

their 2009 and 2011 successes.

Iniesta is aware that history suggests Barca will be

unsuccessful in their bid to defend the crown, but

hopes the quality of their squad will give them every

chance in 2015-16.

“It is challenging and very difficult, but we have that

goal in our mind,” the Camp Nou skipper, 31, told

Sport .

“Retaining the Champions League has not been

done any club. But we have already been knocking

on the door of reaching consecutive finals before

and we will try again. Winning teams and players

have to return to fight for everything.

“We always aspire to achieve the maximum and

this year is no exception, although the difference

between winning and losing is often very close.

After what we put in last season and the whole

experience, I think this has to be another great


“I think we should be always optimistic, believing in

ourselves and our colleagues. For me, my team and

my team-mates are the best and you have to fight

for every title.”

In an incredible career, Iniesta has already won four

Champions League titles and the midfielder says

that tally has already surpassed his wildest

expectations ahead of this campaign's group stage

clashes with Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and BATE.

“On a personal level it is incredible,” he said.

“Everything we have achieved is impossible to

imagine, but now that is over, I want to keep adding


“I think the team should go from strength to

strength. When things change, everything has a

process and undoubtedly a few of the moments and

actions we had last year were part of a


“We must keep the good feelings from last year and

work to be even better. The logical thing to expect

having come from less is becoming more learned

this year.”

Barcelona have made a mixed start to the new

season. They narrowly edged their first two Primera

Division matches and the Uefa Super Cup, but lost

heavily to Athletic Bilbao over two legs in the

Supercopa de Espana.

Iniesta, though, has been encouraged with the way

2015-16 has begun and urged the treble winners to

push on despite the challenges faced by a transfer

ban which means summer signings Arda Turan and

Aleix Vidal will not join the first-team until January.

“We would have liked to win the Supercopa but we

did not play well and in a tie or final that can be

costly," continued the World Cup winner.

“But the two league games have been very good.

They may not have been spectacular in terms of

seeing two teams attacking and creating chances,

though our level of play left us feeling very


“We are very happy. Now comes a very tough

game at Atletico and the first game in the

Champions League at Roma. As with every year, we

have to go step by step.

“We do not know what will happen during this time.

We live the present and I cannot say whether or not

the disadvantage of not being able to sign will affect

us. True, it is not a normal situation, but what is

beyond doubt is that we must pull forward with

where we are.”

Iniesta is currently in Oviedo with the Spain national

side as they prepare to face Slovakia in a Euro 2016

qualification clash on Saturday.



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