Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believed that there isn’t a more attractive match than welcoming Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Nou Camp.
Enrique, 46, said ahead of Barca’s Champions League match against City: “I can’t think of anything better for football fans. And if you’re a Barcelona or Manchester City fan, then what more can I say?”
“They will want the ball, like us. When they lose it, they will press to get it back, like us. There are two coaches with an attacking mindset. We will need a lot of imagination.”
“Pep’s Barcelona was spectacular. They had a collective style based on players of talent, which sought control and sought to dominate all over the pitch. [My Barcelona] have that too but I have also tried to look for things based on my players’ individual talents to help us. I like both Barcelonas. We both wore the same shirt and I think fans are intelligent enough to enjoy them both.”
And he added “We want people to enjoy it – something that is too often forgotten.”
But both teams looked a shade of their full brilliance going into the game. Manchester City – after a perfect run earlier in the season, fell winless in three games since drawing 3-3 against Celtic.
Barca’s form also looked far from encouraging. They dropped eight points in their last six league matches and needed a second-half comeback to overcome Borussia Monchengladbach in their last Champions League outing.
Still, the Catalans remain unbeaten after 17 Champions League matches, and had Lionel Messi returning from a groin injury in the weekend. They will also receive a boost in defenders, with Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto both recovering from their respective injuries.
Barcelona (2) – (0) Manchester City