Andres Iniesta is anticipating a “special” match when Barcelona host former manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on Wednesday.
Guardiola spent four wildly successful seasons in charge at the Camp Nou, bringing the club two Champions League and three La Liga titles. The former Bayern Munich boss joined Premier League giants Manchester City over the summer and has the club atop the league after a sizzling start to the campaign.
City will visit his former club for a highly anticipated Champions League group stage game midweek, and Iniesta expects a “very difficult” encounter with his former mentor.
“It is special to play against Pep, as it was when he was at Bayern Munich. We share important things with him as people and at a club level. It will be a difficult rivalry,” Iniesta said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.
“Pep tells his players about how they should set up and his teams always have a special stamp. Also, they have great players at Manchester City.”
Iniesta confirmed Barca have high hopes for the current season, and wouldn’t rule out another Treble of titles like they achieved in 2015.
“People are really into what we do here and the image we have of winning titles. In two years we have won many but that will not stop us from aiming for more,” Iniesta said.
“Each season we start from scratch and there are different aims. We will try again this year be around titles.”
The 32-year-old has played nearly 600 matches in a Barca shirt over his career, but says he has no intention to retire just yet.
“I have been healthy for many years and had the confidence of my coaches and peers and every year or so I have improved,” Iniesta said.
“It is so difficult to talk about, but you can never say that you cannot add many more games. My feeling, and hope, is to continue performing well. We’ll see how far I get.”