Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is hoping his side can fulfill their potential and make it a Champions League final to remember against Manchester United.The showpiece event at Wembley on Saturday night has already been billed as the ‘final of the decade’ with two of the biggest clubs in Europe going head to head.
I was fortunate to be present at the screening of the Press Conference, courtesy of the good people of Champions League sponsors Heineken, and Guardiola stated he is well aware of the pressures which are being placed on both sides and hopes it will be a final to remember.
“We have to show both teams playing football. We have the audience of the world and we have to show we deserve this credit of ‘the final of the decade’,” he said.
“When you play in a final and both teams want to win and both want to play, for the rest of the world it will be a good final.”
“They have their strength, we have our skill, and we have to see who controls the situation best.”
“There have been many great teams, it’s a long history and it’s impossible to compare. We hope we can be proud in the future – that in the next five, 10 or 15 years, people will remember this team and say ‘one time I saw this team’.”
“It’s like a great film, only with the passing of time can you know if a film is good and it’s the same with us.”
Barcelona players have nothing but praise for the job Guardiola has done at Barcelona and hope he will stay at the Nou Camp for a number of years.
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol said: “He’s the best trainer in the world and this is his place, I hope he is here for many years.”
Puyol is confident he will recover from a knee injury to take his place in the starting line-up.