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Luis Enrique: "I know Guardiola's got something up his sleeve"

The Barça coach heaped praise on Guardiola's Manchester City, wouldn't say whether Arda will start. As for the problems trailing Neymar: "What a boring question".

Luis Enrique: "I know Guardiola's got something up his sleeve"

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Luis Enrique previewed Tuesday's meeting with Manchester City at the Etihad, and during his time with the press, the coach spoke about the current state of affairs at Barcelona as well as tomorrow's reencounter with Pep Guardiola.

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What are you expecting from City tomorrow?
More or less the same plan as in the first game. City can't really press us any more than they did at Camp Nou, but the extra pressure will come from the stands. I'm expecting the same script. When we have the ball we have to circulate it quickly and when we don't we have to get it back. Both team's philosophies are identical. It will be a similar game to the first leg.

How much will the injury problems in defence influence the game?
You always suffer injuries over the course of the season. We have to approach our games based on the players we have available. And we have a lot of faith in the ones we have available at this moment in time.

You said that taking on Guardiola can wear you out. Do you still feel that way?
On the plus side, if we win, we are through to the next round. But to do that, we need to put in a great game and that means playing just as well with the ball as without it. We'll need to be at a high level. We have the advantage of the result from the first leg even though City still could play it differently this time.

Leo Messi and Arda Turan in Barcelona's training session at the Etihad
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Leo Messi and Arda Turan in Barcelona's training session at the EtihadOLI SCARFFAFP

Is City a different side when Agüero plays?
Maybe in individual terms but not in terms of their game. Agüero is well known on the world stage, we all know about him but the orders given to the team won't change because of him.

Is Arda back at 100 per cent?
It's always great new whenever any player comes back from injury. e's in the list which I guess means he's 100 per cent.

Is Rafinha the best option to fill Iniesta's role?
There are four or five options open to us for that position: Denis, Rafa, Arda, André… I won't be losing any sleep over who to field tomorrow.

Luis Suárez during this evening's training session at the Etihad.
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Luis Suárez during this evening's training session at the Etihad.Jason CairnduffREUTERS

Would you like to coach in the Premier League one day?
For coaches, the future is the more uncertain than for anyone else in the jobs market. I'm not planning on coaching there. I don't know what will happen and I'm not particularly bothered about what might or might not lie ahead. I just try to enjoy the present.

Tricky Guardiola

Is Pep the toughest coach you have faced?
No. Well, no and yes. Some games are special and within those games you find yourslef up against a coach who is special. I have a feeling that there will be some changes because I know Pep and how he thinks. He'll have something planned for us but we have to try to do the same. This is going to be a fun game for Pep too. In three months Guardiola has mamaged to congect a side who are unrecognizable - a team with quality. I love his philosiphy and his ideas and I'm sure City are going to continue to grow as a team.

Mourinho close by

Have you seen Mourinho? He's staying at the same hotel as Barça?
No I haven't seen him. He's a person who I hold in high esteem and that sentiment is reciprocated. But I don't know whether I will see him, he's got his own work to do and for us, it's a matchday so we have our things to be dealing with.

There's been a lot of talk lately about Neymar - about his good footballm but also the problems. What do you think is behind that?
What a boring question. All I am interested in is tomorrow's game.


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