Pep & Thiago on Barca return

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is ‘glad’ about facing Barcelona following Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw in Nyon.

The 44-year-old led La Blaugrana to two European cups between 2008 and 2012 but will return to Camp Nou for the first time since taking charge of the German giants two years ago when both clubs lock horns next month.

“You always face big sides in the semi-finals of a competition,” he was quoted as saying by UEFA’s official website.

“Last year we played Real Madrid, this year it is Barcelona. I have a lot of respect for them.

“I am glad I will have the chance to face them during my career, but at the end of the day it is two games of football.”

Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara, who left Barca to join Guardiola at Bayern, also expressed his delight with the opportunity of reacquainting himself with his former colleagues.

“It was always going to be tricky for us. It will be an honour to play in the Camp Nou again,” the midfielder added.

“We'll do all we can to progress to the final in Berlin and fight for the title.”

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