"We know we're playing a top side. People talk about 'acid tests' but I think each game is an acid test. Barcelona have great prestige and history, but whether they're the best team around at the moment, we'll have to wait and see."
He added: "I'm looking forward to the game and the occasion - the Nou Camp is a prestigious arena with great traditions. The players on show are all illustrious names and talented footballers, so to be able to come up against them is a fantastic opportunity."