Not Luis vs. Pep claims Enrique

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Bayern Munich is not about him and Pep Guardiola.

The Azulgrana Coach also claims the number of injured players former Barca boss Guardiola’s team have missing will not affect how they play.

“We’re not looking at this game as how to beat Pep but how to beat one of Europe’s great teams in Bayern Munich,” he told a Press conference.

“I’ve been following Bayern and knowing Pep as I do he could have a surprise or two up his sleeve, but we’ve been overcoming obstacles our rivals have put in our way all season so we’ll be trying to do the same thing.

“Bayern have a powerful and big enough squad not to notice the players who are out and they’ll be just as dangerous whoever they put on the field.

“However, we have positive feelings, they couldn’t be anything but, because of the importance of this game and the team we are facing.”

Enrique believes that since Guardiola took charge of the Bundesliga outfit in June 2013 they have changed their style.

“I get the impression Bayern have changed the way they play since Pep arrived. He’s taken all the good things they had and put his own mark on them, a style which as you know I like a lot.

“They are a side that is intense and concedes few goals and are one of the top teams in Europe, without a doubt.”

The 44-year-old also commented on talk of a possible treble this season, with Barca sitting top of La Liga and through to the final of the Copa del Rey.

“I love the word ‘treble’ but the professionals know you can easily go from having the chance to win three trophies to winning none at all.

“However, we are in the right frame of mind to achieve it, although first we have to reach the final of the Champions League.”

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