BARCELONA – FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique denied that his team is the favorite to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal on Wednesday, but rather argued that the opponent is “strong enough for them to shrug off the absences.”
Enrique does not “fear” his opponent, although he expressed his “great respect” for both the Bavarian team and its coach, former Barça manager Pep Guardiola, in a press conference before the first leg to be played at Camp Nou.
Enrique equally denied that his players have an extra motivation to beat their former coach, who he acclaimed again as the best coach in the world.
“Knowing Pep, I am sure he’ll try things to make life hard for us, but we have resolved the problems other teams have set us throughout the season and we’ll go about the game against Bayern in the same way,” he added.
Although Guardiola won 14 titles in just four years with Barça, Luis Enrique does not consider that decisive: “The game will be decided by small details.”
He stressed that Bayern is “one of the best teams in Europe” which, in his opinion, “has a different style” since the arrival of the Catalan coach.
Barcelona’s clash on Wednesday is the first of 7 games they must win if they want to win the title trifecta, as it not only leads La Liga, but has reached the Copa del Rey final, and aims to advance in the Champions League.