Champions League fever unprecedented, says Barca coach

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 10:12 AM IST

Barcelona: The excitement gripping Barcelona ahead of Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final second leg against Inter Milan is unprecedented, according to coach Pep Guardiola.

"I have never seen such a mobilisation of the Barca fans," the 39-year-old former Nou Camp player told reporters. "There is nothing better in the world if you have a job, whatever it is, and everyone in the street is talking about it.

"It`s a privilege, it`s an honour and the sense of gratitude and support on the street will stay with us forever."

Guardiola and his players are expecting their fans to pack the 100,000-capacity Nou Camp to lift holders Barca in their bid to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Jose Mourinho`s Inter.

Hundreds waited outside the giant arena to greet their heroes ahead of Tuesday`s training session, locals are talking about the match wherever you go and the city is festooned with flags and shirts in the home team`s claret and blue colours.

"It`s an important moment," said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets. "Now is the moment of truth, hopefully it will be a magic night for everyone and we are hoping for a lot from the crowd."

Bureau Report