Good pre-derby atmosphere
Jesús Carrillo / Aida Soriano
Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino and his FC Barcelona counterpart Pep Guardiola had a relaxed meeting the day before the local derby to pose for the traditional pre-match photographs.
After the Blaugrana's
penultimate training session
Guardiola met the Argentinian trainer at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, where the game
will take place, at 14:15 and enjoyed each other’s company.
had watched the
Champions League draw
earlier in the day and then attended a press conference before travelling to the Blanc i
Both coaches stepped out onto the pitch at the ground with the media looking on expectantly
and had a chat away from the glare of the photographers' lenses. Once they were ready they were
handed their club's first team shirts and posed with their colours for the traditional photograph
of the coaches that happens before every derby.
The event concluded with Guardiola and Pochettinto shaking hands as many
reflected on what a Catalan derby it will be and how both teams are doing so well in the table with
Barça on top and Espanyol in third place.