Luis Enrique has said that drawing Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals is going to make it a "very special tie" for himself, for his players and of course, for Pep Guardiola.
At the press conference ahead of the game against Espanyol, Luis Enrique only answered four questions about the Champions League. "I'm only interested in the Espanyol game right now. It's a derby, with all that involves for both the players and the fans. It's a crucial game for us. I'm focused on the three league games in the run-up to the semi-final match", he said.
However, he described the game against Bayern as "special": "It's going to be a special game because Guardiola is their coach and it is his first game against Barcelona since his departure. It's also a special game for me and my players, as well as for every Barça fan".
He is not worried about playing the return leg in Munich, recalling that Barcelona have won nine of their ten Champions League games this season, adding: "We want to win" both games. You can have your preferences, but you never really know if it'd be better to play it over one game, or two, three or four. It's tough to see who are the better team", he said when asked which team were favourites.
In any case, Luis Enrique did not hesitate to describe Bayern as "a team challenging on all fronts", adding that they have "the best coach in the world". In his opinion, Guardiola is "the best" because "he's won titles with attacking football, because he has adapted to another country and because he's my friend and my friends are always the best".