Ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League game against Stuttgart, Pep Guardiola has urged his team to show the European form of Manchester United.
“It’s a marvellous challenge to try and be one of the best eight sides in Europe and to emulate Manchester United, who last year became the only recent champions to make the quarter-finals the following season,” said Guardiola.
The Barcelona manager hopes his team don’t suffer the same fate as rivals Real Madrid, who were knocked out by Lyon last week.
“Of course, it is possible the same could happen to us, this is a great competition,” he continued. “It’s a warning. We could lose but it would have been impossible for us to achieve the titles we did last season if we had under-estimated our opponents.”