Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has hailed his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger and described him as a ‘chosen one’ on the eve of their clash in the Nou Camp but warned Arsenal to prepare for more Champions League misery.
Under-fire Wenger and his ailing team head for Spain, clinging to the hope that the European champions will be weakened by complacency after winning 2-0 in the first leg in London.
The Premier League team’s chances will be boosted if stars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar attempt to coast into the last eight of the competition, but Luis Enrique insists it cannot happen.
“We are not going to change,” said the Barca manager. “We want to be better than Arsenal. If we can that is perfect.
“There will be no change in our approach. Maybe that is a question for Mr Wenger, whether he will change. But even if they change, we want to stop them.
“I am not concerned about my players being too relaxed. These are champions we are talking about. The players are aware of that. This will not happen. I know that.
“We do not change our training or preparation. The opponent is still dangerous and we will have to play very well.’
Wenger is in his 20th season as Arsenal manager but criticism has increased in recent weeks, as his team crashed out of the FA Cup and failed to seize the initiative in the Premier League title race.
After back-to-back FA Cup wins, they face the prospect of another season without a trophy, but Luis Enrique said: “Wenger is a very good coach. Only the chosen ones can be there for a long time. For me it is impossible.”