GERARD PIQUE warned Pep Guardiola: The greatest player in history is coming to get you.
Guardiola brings Manchester City to his old club tomorrow and Pique was blunt. Barcelona want to beat him, and virtually ensure themselves top spot in Group C.
Pique said: “Ask Pep Guardiola about Messi. He’s the best in the world. No doubt. He gives us a lot. No matter if he is 100 per cent or ten per cent because he is so different and so good. Just his presence on the pitch means a lot for us and sometimes for the other team.
“I see Leo in great shape. He only needs three minutes and makes you pay. Lionel is the best in history, you know I have huge respect. I’m very fond of him. We started together at 13.
“But Leo with Argentina, sometimes has not won.
“It’s not just him. It’s impossible to win with just one player. Very often he wins the game. He brings us a lot.
“There are times that it’s impossible to win on his own and the team needs to support him.”
If Barca win tomorrow they will open up a five-point gap at the top of Group C and will virtually assure themselves of first place.
Speaking at Barcelona’s training ground on the outskirts of the Catalan capital, Pique added: “Yes, these are big matches, when we need to give the most. We are playing a very different City to last year and the one that Pep is in charge of now and he is making a difference.
“It’s a big challenge for us. They play very similarly to us we will try to use our weapons, keep possession and create chances.
“We are in this group to try and finish first to qualify. We need to win tomorrow to make a significant step in achieving that.
“Tomorrow’s game is a really important one. We will be almost qualified and City will be five points behind us.”
And, talking of Neymar, that other part of the feared MSN trio that also features Luis Suarez, Pique said the Brazilian, who yesterday signalled his intention to sign a new deal, should stay at the club for the rest of his career.
He said: “I hope he retires at Barcelona. He arrived here very young and demonstrated a great deal. He has a lot of potential to give much more, he’s still young.
“Let’s hope we can enjoy him for many years. We know football every year is a different story many things can happen.
“Ney’s career is still long and we need to enjoy the time with us.
Under Guardiola Barcelona won 14 out of 19 trophies they contested in his four seasons in charge.
And Pique was his first signing from Manchester United for just over £3.5million.
The Spain centre-half said: “Pep marked us all. All of those who were under him for four years. There were moments before and after we understand football in a different way.
“He gave us a great deal. For me in particular because he gave me a chance here as I was not playing in Manchester.We have a great memory of him.


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