"Make no mistake, though, (Arsene) Wenger will be relishing this encounter.
"Not only will the Arsenal boss be looking to avenge his team's defeat by Barcelona in the 2006 final in Paris by taking a step closer to the one major trophy that has eluded him in his glorious 13½-year reign in North London.
"But Wenger will want to show the world it his team who play the best football in Europe - and not Guardiola's much-lauded La Liga superstars.
"I suspect that is the most satisfaction that would come packaged with a victory. It will be one of the few football matches when style will rate almost as highly as substance.
"Obviously the result will be the most important outcome but both managers will also be out to prove their teams are worthy of their footballing reputations.
"So many star players with astronomical abilities will be on view."