Luis Enrique has made bold claims that Tuesday’s Champions League match against rivals Manchester City may not be completely different from their first leg match played earlier this month at Camp Nou.
The La Blaugranas coach says his former teammate who also managed Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, may decide to mix things up though he’s not known for that.
Pep Guardiola’s side lost 4-0 following a goalkeeping error from Claudio Bravo.
“I expect the same type of game as the previous one,” the Barcelona coach said on Monday, according to a report from Sport.
“I don’t think they can be more aggressive in terms of pressure because in last game they pressed well. If they’d pressed any higher they’d have been in the stands.
“[We have] identical philosophies. Will be similar to the first game and hopefully we can overcome the hurdles in the game again.”
Enrique added that he has known Pep over the years as someone who always has something up his sleeves. But the Barca coach doesn’t think there something he should worry much about.
In his words: “Pep’s Man City have a lot of good things going for them. They have a lot of varieties and strengths.
“Playing here [in Manchester] is different because we know what we did against them and I sense there will be changes from City because I know Pep and his ideas.
“We have to be attentive to what they do because Pep, as the coach, will try to touch the right keys to get the right result. The majority of my players know him very well.”
Notwithstanding Barca’s previous triumph over City, and the battle for prominence in international football, Enrique praised his rival-friend for the great work he has done for the Premier League side.
He says City are on the right path to success.
In his words: “We can be impressed with what Guardiola’s done in three months at City.
“I love their philosophy, his ideas. He’s had an impact in three months.
“They’ll get better and better every month. The future for City is bright and they will get better and better with their ideas.”
Image: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City).