Arsenal boss Unai Emery has praised the influence of his counterpart.
“I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” he said. “I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.”
Despite the respect he holds towards his compatriot, though, he is eager to secure the three points at the weekend after owner Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh, publicly declared his desire to see the Gunners back in the Champions League – and going all the way in the competition.
“The only thing on a par with the Super Bowl is Arsenal making the Champions League final. It is something we are very focused on,” he told the Telegraph, considering the success of the LA Rams, who will play in Sunday’s NFL showpiece, that he holds a controlling stake over.
“I have been telling my friends all week the Super Bowl is the biggest spectacle that we have here and the Champions League is something in Europe that we strive for and we look forward to being a part of in the future.”
The pressure is on the Gunners after Chelsea regained fourth spot on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Huddersfield but their opponents in this monumental clash face an equal weight of expectancy.