Former FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will make a keenly-watched return to the Camp Nou Stadium when his new club Manchester City take on his former employers on Wednesday in what promises to be a fascinating Champions League football match.
Guardiola’s four years as the Barcelona coach saw the club lift 14 titles between 2008 and 2012 in what was the most successful period in their history and is assured of a warm welcome at the Camp Nou, reports Xinhua.
He has quickly become a favourite with Manchester City fans as he looks to turn the club’s big-money project into European success and the first major test will come in his former hunting ground.
Barcelona have had an inconsistent start to the campaign, mixing big wins with some disappointing displays, such as the 1-2 defeat at home to Alaves and a 3-4 defeat away to Celta Vigo in La Liga.
Manchester City will think the Barcelona defence is vulnerable, although full backs Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto will be available.
The only doubt in the back line is whether Samuel Umtiti will replace Javier Mascherano alongside Gerard Pique.
Midfielder Andres Iniesta will start after being rested at the weekend, while star striker Lionel Messi will take his place alongside goal scorers Neymar and Luis Suarez to give City’s defence plenty to think about.