FC Barcelona vs Manchester City: UEFA Champions League Preview, Live Stream, Where To Watch
FC Barcelona will be aiming to maintain the top spot at Group C standings for the UEFA Champions League tournament, as they take on Manchester City this Wednesday.
Interestingly, they will be going up against former club manager Pep Guardiola, who signed a three-year contract with Manchester City in February. The 45-year-old former star midfielder was the manager of Barca for five years from 2007, where he handled the reserve team in his first year.
The said situation had led to various speculations of him expressing interest in signing some players with the FC Barcelona squad to join his team. According to a report by ESPNFC.com, Guardiola clarified that he only spoke to goalkeeper Ter Stegen, whom he revealed was not satisfied with his situation. Other names such as forward Lionel Messi were not called.
"If I ever called a player playing in any other club it would be in a special situation of not playing, and it would be my right to," Guardiola said through a translator. "It is okay, I could have phoned someone if he was not playing, but I never called Leo Messi. In the case of Leo I really wish him to play here and finish his career here - play here for a long time."
Guardiola did clarify that should Messi decide to leave Barca, other football clubs would also be clamoring to sign him. It would ultimately still be up to him to decide where he wants to play.
If there is one player in the squad that could compare the leadership styles of Guardiola and current Barca manager Luis Enrique Martinez, it would be defender Gerard Piqué. And according to the 29-year-old veteran, both Martinez and Guardiola were able to instill a style of leadership that he has come to enjoy, and were essentially similar.
"In the first two years they were both here at Barça, they won the same," Piqué said through the team's official site. They both won the treble, they both won two La Liga titles. They are very similar. We are in another golden age for Barça and I hope we can keep it up."
The FC Barcelona vs Manchester City match will start at 2:45 p.m. ET. TV schedule and live stream details are available on this link.
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