Pep Guardiola knows a thing or two about the Champions League, about Barcelona, about the Camp Nou and about Luis Enrique, and on Wednesday he gets to put all of those things together, and he's excited.
The Manchester City manager and Barcelona legend appeared before the press in the Catalan capital to preview his second return to Camp Nou after leaving the Blaugrana, and Pep was very complimentary of his former teammate and current friend Luis Enrique. Guardiola is expecting a very tough test against the best team in the world in his eyes, but he is not here to have fun.
Pep wants points against his former club. Not a point. PointS.
"When we first met as players, it was really easy to see that Luis [Enrique] was special. He's direct, honest and very hard working. He's already had a lot of success and he'll have a lot more in the future. In fact, both he and his team do many things better than when I was in charge.
"This is a good test for us, against the best. But the fact we drew [against Celtic] means we are obliged to win back some points. I'm pleased Messi is fit. He's the best. What makes Barcelona's strikers special is that they require very few chances in order to score a goal.
"I would like to defend well and attack well. But change the way you think, believe and love to play football just for one game? Impossible. We have to adjust but we will be ourselves as much as possible."
Good luck, Pep. We love you.