Oriol Riera has acknowledged that Osasuna only have a slight chance of points against Barcelona, but is aware that the Catalans have to slip up ‘one day’.
The Pamplona outfit play host to their League rivals this Saturday evening with almost the entire table between the two sides, thanks to Barca’s 100 per cent start to the season and Osasuna’s struggles.
For one of the 18th-placed side’s number, the game is also a meeting with his former team.
“For me it is a special game, but it is still just three points at stake,” Riera, who developed as a youth at Barca, has reflected this week.
“The chance of us picking up points is small, but we will have our chances and we will fight them.
“We will make it difficult and why can’t we surprise them?
“In one game they will have to lose and we must take advantage of the small percentage chance we will have.”
Striker Riera developed at La Masia alongside a number of the current first team stars before leaving in 2006.
“Messi is a shy guy who does not talk much, but when he enters the field he has character, he is outgoing. He has these two completely different characters.
“I have come here to work. I value the sacrifice and the dirty work in front of goal. Against Barca I will have more desire to work than to score.
“I feel ready to take on any challenge and any goal. I’m satisfied but I also want more, I want to keep scoring and playing games.”