Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: ‘Manchester United will force us to be at our best’
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta says Manchester United will bring out the very best in his side when the two teams meet in Gothenburg tonight.
But the midfield maestro is only interested in how United can help Barca get back to their very high standards ahead of their return to competitive action.
He said: “This club has very high standards to keep up and this new season will be the same. We start with the (Spanish) Supercup against Real Madrid.
“People want us to win and that is what we are going to try to do. Then we have the league and everything else. And at the end of the season we will look back and we will see what we have done. But the most important thing is that we keep that level, doing things well and that we maintain our appetite for wining trophies.”
“[Manchester United] are a very powerful rival that will force us to be in our best shape in these pre-season games. So we want to play a great game that will help us improve during this period. And our only goal is to improve to reach the official games in our best shape. Manchester United will put that challenge in front of us.
“[Pre-season] is always more difficult because we approach the start of the new season. It allows us to improve our game. When you play pre-season games against tough opponents, that forces us to concentrate more on each game. Because the opponents demand it.
“And in the end these results contribute to our betterment, so we can get our best formations and rhythm as soon as possible. Because everything starts right now. Supercups, league and everything else.”
United and Barcelona kick-off this evening at 7pm BST.