Cologne - It's not just football fans in Germany and Spain that are excited by the mouth-watering prospect of Pep Guardiola's first return as an adversary to the Camp Nou, with FC Bayern München set to face FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The world's media has also been reacting to the draw in Nyon this Friday, and bundesliga.com has a summary of how they have reported the news...
Pep's coming back to the Camp Nou. The big story in the semi-finals of the Champions League is Pep Guardiola's return to Barcelona. The German champions, who beat Barca 7-0 (on aggregate) in their last meeting will be looking to reach the final after losing in the semis last year, while the Azulgrana are hoping to win the Champions League for a fifth time in Berlin. "It's going to be a special game," said Barca coach Luis Enrique at a press conference on Friday. "Whenever there's a cup draw, all I can say is that those who get drawn to face Barca always feel they've been unlucky in the draw. Bayern always aim for the best, like we do, and they have the best coach in the business."
History will be in the air when Barcelona face Bayern: the return of Guardiola to the Camp Nou for the first time as coach of an opposition team. The very strong bond between the Blaugrana fans and their former coach will be put to the test. Bayern are cruising in the Bundesliga and close to the final of the domestic cup. The last meeting between the two sides was two years ago, a 7-0 win for the Germans.
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Pep faces his Barcelona; a return which sends shivers down your spine. Pep has not yet faced the club with whom he reached the top of the world. Will he be able to avoid his feelings of love for the Blaugrana from affecting him? On 18 March, Pep took his seat in the Camp Nou, but not on the bench. He was in the stands, witnessing Leo Messi's magical touch in beating Manchester City. There he was, applauding rigorously and jumping up like any other [Barca] fan. That is because Pep loves the Blaugrana colours and this is the main doubt ahead of his return. You cannot control your heart.
Barcelona have been drawn against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals. Bayern boss Guardiola won 14 trophies as a manager - including the Champions League in 2009 and 2011 - during four years at Barcelona. He has reached the Champions League semi-finals in each of his six seasons as a manager, four with Barca and now two with Bayern.
The Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, will return to face his former club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. Bayern Munich overcame a 3-1 first-leg deficit to book their place in the semi-final draw by thrashing Porto 6-1 at home. Barcelona cruised past PSG in their quarter-final, winning the tie on aggregate 5-1. The Bayern-Barcelona match is a repeat of the 2013 semi-final when the German side thrashed the Catalan club 7-0 on aggregate before going on to beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley to win their fifth European Cup. Barcelona do not have a good record against Bayern, winning only one of their matches in European competition. “It will be very tough. It would be unfair to say Real or Juve would be easier,” said Paul Breitner, Bayern’s representative at the draw in Nyon. “On Tuesday we played one of the best halves in the history of the Champions League. We have to do that over the entire two games against Barcelona.”
It's going to be a particularly special game for Pep Guardiola. The two clubs met at this same stage in 2013 with the Germans winning 4-0 and 3-0, on their way to winning the final against Borussia Dortmund.
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Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona for the first time with Bayern Munich after the two clubs were drawn against each other in the European Champions League semi-final. Guardiola spent a highly-successful four years in charge of Barca between 2008 and 2012, leading the club to three Spanish La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns. After taking a year out, the Spaniard returned to management with Bayern and guided the club to the German league and cup double last season, but will be hoping to follow that up this year with success in Europe's elite club competition after his side was eliminated by Real Madrid at the semi-final stage in 2014. One of Guardiola's main tasks will be attempting to stop his former player Lionel Messi, who has struck 46 goals in all competitions this term and helped fire Barca to the top of the Spanish La Liga table.