On October 19 of 2016, Manchester City will be travelling to Camp Nou in order to face off with Barcelona in a Champions League group stage match and this encounter will be particularly special for the head coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola as the Spanish manager is going to be making his return to the club where he gained major notoriety and made a name for himself as one of the best tacticians in the world of football.
It was during his time spent in charge of Barcelona where Guardiola was able to lift a number of huge titles including: UEFA Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and many other pieces of silverware.
After winning and accomplishing just about everything there is to win at a club level with Barcelona, Guardiola embarked on a new journey as he became the new coach of Bayern Munich and once again was a huge success with Bayern Munich and now his latest challenge is to do the same thing but with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola has already labeled this upcoming brawl between Manchester City and Barcelona as a ‘’beautiful return’’ for him as he returns to the place that he is regarded as a savior, as a legend, as the man that was the mastermind behind the complete domination that led to Barcelona becoming the undeniably strongest club in the world.
Manchester City and Barcelona are both competing against each other in Group C of the qualifying group stages round of the Champions League. Both are expected to finish in the top 2 spots and make their way into the next stages of the European competition.
There is no doubt whatsoever that victory is important for Pep Guardiola and his squad but whether or not they are able to actually come out on top with the victory, this upcoming match will be significantly important despite what the outcome is going to be.