Enrique plays down Pep factor

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May 05, 2015 15:21:19 UK

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has played down the significance of coming up against predecessor Pep Guardiola on Wednesday.

Barca face Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, with the first leg set to take place at Camo Nou on Wednesday.

Guardiola won three La Liga crowns and two Champions League titles, as well as other trophies, during his time as manager of the Catalan giants and Enrique has welcomed the reunion.

However, the current Blaugrana chief insists the tie is more important than the return of a club legend and he has urged his side to keep their focus on beating Bayern.

“We aren’t going into this as a game against Pep,” he told reporters.

“He is the number one for what he has achieved and he’s a friend, but this is such an important game for all Barca fans that it should be more important than any specific people.

“It’s nice for the players to meet Guardiola again, but they know that this game is more important than just that.

“Guardiola knows most of our players but I don’t think that will be decisive. There are many other factors.”

Barcelona are 1.75 to beat Bayern Munich in the first leg on Wednesday and 2.62 to win the Champions League outright.

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