Luis Enrique believes “no-one wanted to get Barcelona” in response to his side being paired with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
La Blaugrana were drawn against the Bavarians in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition on Friday, and the Coach – despite his protestations – admitted the tie would be ‘special’ given the return of his predecessor Pep Guardiola.
“It’s a special game because it’s the first time that Pep [Guardiola] will face Barca,” he said at a Press conference ahead of Saturday’s Catalan derby with Espanyol.
“[It’s also special] for the players, the fans and I. You never know if it’s better to play [the tie] over one, two or four games, but football’s unpredictable and allows for many surprises.
“I’m not fussed that we’re playing the first leg at home. We’re going out to win both games.
“No-one wanted to get Barca in the draw, but Bayern have the same aspirations as us and have the best Coach [in the world].
“Pep’s won countless titles and I like how he adapted to another country, learned a very difficult language [in German] and still transmitted his ideas.
“He’s my friend and I always think my friends are the best.
“It won’t be easy for [Real] Madrid. There are no easy opponents in the Champions League semi-finals.”