Julen Guerrero and Luis Enrique in action during their playing days / FCB ARCHIVE

Julen Guerrero is one of the most loved former Athletic Club players in the city of Bilbao after having played more than 300 games for los leones in his playing career which also included 101 goals. Ahead of the second leg of Barça’s Copa del Rey last 16 tie with Athletic, Barça TV spoke the Basque legend on the subject of what await his former club at Camp Nou on Wednesday (kick off 9.30pm CET).

“I think the goal at the end [of the first leg] gives Athletic life in the tie. We all know Athletic is a club who do not roll over and they will fight right to the end,” warned the former Spanish international.

The sides are facing their third clash in just over a week but for Guerrero, every game has its own story: “The same way that Athletic had a man sent off after just two minutes in the league, no-one knows if the reverse will happen on Wednesday.”

The striker played 20 times against Barça during his career, losing 14 of those matches. One defeat included a hat-trick from none other than Luis Enrique in a 7-0 victory for the blaugranes. As such Guerrero is only too aware of the dangers posed by his former rival’s team: “If Barça get ahead then the tie is over…they don’t just have Messi, who can decide games, but right now he is accompanied by Neymar and Luis Suárez.”

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