Guardiola prepared for emotional Barcelona reunion

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Manchester City boss says he is excited about facing his former club Barcelona in a challenging Champions League group.

Guardiola prepared for emotional Barcelona reunion

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 26, 2016) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER PEP GUARDIOLA ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING:

“I cannot deny it is something special to me (to play against Barcelona in Champions League). I grew up in Catalonia, from 13 years old I went there to play in the academy and I was promoted to a professional player and trainer so I spent most of my life there so I know the club, the media, some of the players, most the players are still there, so the emotion is there. It happened last season with Bayern Munich and it happened this year and if I continue to train at the high level, in the big clubs and we are lucky to arrive in the Champions League then that is going to happen more times.”

STORY: Pep Guardiola is excited about the prospect of returning to his former club Barcelona, though he acknowledges that Manchester City have their work cut out to advance from a testing Champions League group.

City have been drawn in Group C alongside Barca, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Celtic, with Guardiola set to return to the club where he began his career and managed with distinction for four seasons.

“I can’t deny it’s something special for me to return to Barcelona,” he told reporters on Friday. “I grew up in Catalonia, from 13 years old I went there to play in the academy and I was promoted to a professional player and trainer so I spent most of my life there so I know the club, the media, some of the players, most the players are still there, so the emotion is there.”

Guardiola has come up against Barca before, and will be hoping that his City side enjoy better fortunes than Bayern Munich, who lost 5-3 on aggregate in the 2014-15 semi-finals.

City also have to negotiate Scottish champions Celtic and Gladbach, who finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season.

Guardiola has enjoyed a 100 percent record at City, seeing off Steaua Bucharest 6-0 on aggregate in the Champions League playoff and dispatching Sunderland and Stoke City in the Premier League.

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