Sunday 25 September 2016

Barca insist return of Guardiola won't be a distraction

Published 05/05/2015 | 02:30

Pep Guardiola won 14 trophies while coach of Barcelona but is now in charge of Bayern Munich
Pep Guardiola won 14 trophies while coach of Barcelona but is now in charge of Bayern Munich

Barcelona will not be distracted by the return of former coach Pep Guardiola with Bayern Munich in the Champions League tomorrow, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed.

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Guardiola won 14 trophies while coach of Barcelona but is now in charge of the German champions.

"Although he did a spectacular job when he was at Barça, we cannot get distracted," said Bartomeu. "Once the game is over, I'm sure we will see each other in the changing rooms."

Guardiola spent 11 years with Barcelona as a player, winning six league titles and one European Cup. The match will also be special for Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, who will make his 100th European appearance.

Bayern slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Leverkusen on Saturday, but at least avoided any further injuries.

Arjen Robben is out for the rest of the season and Robert Lewandowski is doubtful after suffering a concussion and facial fractures in last week's loss to Dortmund in the German Cup. Franck Ribery is still nursing an ankle injury.

Irish Independent

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