Lionel Messi explains the difference between Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique

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Lionel Messi has explained how his manager Luis Enrique differs from his former boss and the man whose side he'll come up against on Tuesday evening, Pep Guardiola.

The current Manchester City coach enjoyed tremendous success at Barcelona, winning an incredible 14 trophies between 2008 and 2012, which included three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies.

Meanwhile, Enrique took over at the Nou Camp in the summer of 2014 and is well on his way to emulating his predecessor's success, having already led the Catalan giants to eight trophies, including the historic treble in his first season.


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The reigning World Player of the Year believes that, while Barca's overall style hasn't changed too drastically over the years, there is one distinct difference between Enrique and Guardiola.

During an interview with The Sun, Messi explained, via Sport English: "In reality, the system of Barcelona is something that everyone knows. I can say we are one of the few clubs that have it, but each boss has different things and applies them as he sees fit."

The 29-year-old continued: "We (Barcelona players) have not noticed massive changes but, yes, some - in that with Luis (Enrique) maybe now we are a bit more aggressive when we attack at speed, whilst with Pep we used counter-attacks less."

Barca just too good

The Argentinian magician also reminisced over occasions where Barcelona played so well that the opposition simply couldn't do anything to stop them, citing the Champions League final victory against Manchester United in 2009 under Guardiola.

"There are several games when the team played in such a way that it was almost impossible for the opponents to do any damage to us," Messi added. "And it almost always happened in big matches.

"The final of the Champions League in Rome was one of those games when we played the perfect match."

Both Guardiola and Enrique starred for Barca in their playing careers and have made smooth transitions into management as they prepare to face each other again following the Spanish champions' 4-0 win over Man City.

The devastating trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all failed to get onto the scoresheet in the 1-0 win over 20th placed Granada at the weekend, but they'll hope to be fully firing for their team's huge encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

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