Los Che have struggled lately with just one win in their last five games, but manager Gennaro Gattuso is looking forward to seeing teammate Xavi Hernandez again, having been an opponent during his playing days.
In an interview with SPORT, Gattuso said he was happy to see Xavi again as he had a lot of respect for the Barcelona coach.
“I am very happy to see him again. I have a lot of respect for him. It will be a pleasure and an honor to play against him,” said Gattuso.
“When I ran, he played. Barça played very well.
“I always like to play the same game. My style of play and my mentality will not change even if we face Barça.”
Gattuso admitted that Barcelona were a difficult team to beat and respected his ability.
“I like to talk about my team because I already have enough problems here. There are two ‘Barcelonas’ and the one from La Liga scores a lot of goals and plays amazingly,” said Gattuso.
“You have to respect your opponent. The game starts with a goalless draw and we are eleven against eleven.”
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