Pep Guardiola praised Luis Enrique and Barcelona highly, as he claims no one in footballing world plays better than the Spanish champions, ahead of his current side’s clash with them. After Manchester City were drawn against the Catalan club in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, Pep Guardiola will have to fight against his former side. It will be the third and fourth time the Catalan manager faces the Spanish giants since leaving it at the end of the 2011-12 season, as he looks forward to reverse his losing record against them.
Manchester City, Last time he faced F.C. Barcelona was as a Bayern Munich manager in the semi-finals of the Champions League two seasons ago, resulting 5-3 on aggregate in favor of the Catalan club. Pep believes it will be a very difficult task once again this time, especially considering the attacking intent of the deadly world famous MSN trio, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in it.
This is what Pep Guardiola had to say to Catalan radio station Tot Costa ahead of their Champions League clash,
“Is [facing Barca] sooner than I expected? It’s whatever comes your way. We always have to play the best, and there is no one better than them,”
“The three up front can make you so unbalanced but there is also so much work behind the scenes,” he added.
The 45 year old also said, “How Barcelona play, you note that there is so much work that has gone into it from Luis Enrique, and they will keep doing it in the coming years. They are the best and it is a great test for us. We’ve been given this challenge and we have to see what level we bring.”
Praising Barcelona highly doesn’t mean he is neglecting other opponents. Here’s what he said about one other group stage opponent:
“But [Borussia] Monchengladbach also worries me. Today the Champions League starts in the first stage, not the quarter-finals. You can’t make any errors.”