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Barcelona boss Guardiola says Man Utd rival Ferguson just like Cruyff

Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Manchester United rival Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson is one of European football's all-time greats, according to Guardiola, but the Barcelona coach would like to get to know him better, he tells the UEFA Champions League final programme.

"Sadly I don't know Sir Alex that well personally, even though we've met a couple of times," says Guardiola. "I'm too green for there to be any comparison in ethos or playing style, but you can compare Sir Alex's philosophy with that of Barcelona, perhaps best of all with that of Johan Cruyff.

"To go on winning over a long period of time, to go through two, three, four cycles of renewing a team and keep winning, that is greatness. It's an honour to be facing him again."

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