Thierry Henry's sudden goal rush for Barcelona has been credited to a crunch meeting with coach Pep Guardiola. El Mundo Deportivo says Guardiola spoke with Henry at an undisclosed location - away from the Nou Camp - for two hours. The meeting was held two days before Henry's hat-trick against Valencia.

The key to Guardiola's chat was a challenge he set for Henry to establish himself as Barca's prime player ahead of Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o. The coach made it clear to the former Arsenal captain he regarded him as good as - if not better - than his two glamorous teammates.