Running scared?

Last updated : 17 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Carlos Puyol
Reiner Calmund (Bayer Leverkusen)

"Having Newcastle in our group is not good news. Of all English cities, Newcastle is the most crazy about football.

"It's a tough group - there's no question about that. Inter top the table in Italy and Barcelona have won their six games in the opening stage. That says it all."

Luis Enrique (Barcelona)

"Bobby won the respect of all the players at Barcelona. We all thought he was a fantastic coach and a person and a great many fans were sorry to see him leave.

"Perhaps he will consider this unfinished business and it's a chance for him to show people what he's achieved at Newcastle.

"It's a great game for both clubs, but especially for Bobby, who's a very popular figure at the club. Had he stayed then I'm sure he would have had a lot of success at the Nou Camp. He's a very talented and experienced coach and somebody who everybody enjoyed playing under.

"He will receive a hero's welcome at Barcelona and he deserves it. I'm really happy with the draw."

Hernan Crespo (Inter)

"I wouldn't underestimate Newcastle."

Giacinto Facchetti (Inter)

"Outside factors could work against us in our group. Arriving just a few days after the derby, our trip to Newcastle could be very complicated."

Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen)

"This is a group of giants - all three teams are among the best in their country.

"Other people may worry about Inter and Barcelona but the biggest challenge we face is from Newcastle.

"We have never played them but it is well known that it is very difficult to win on their home ground."

Carlos Puyol (Barcelona)

"The encounter against Newcastle will be a completely different game from when we beat them in pre-season.

"They are a complicated rival - English teams are always strong. But Inter will be the most difficult test."

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