It will be clash of old friends when Manchester City and Everton meet at Eastlands tomorrow (1.30pm).
Coaches Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman were teammates in Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona dream team of the early 1990s.
Then there is City’s £50m defender John Stones facing his ex-Toffee teammates for the first time since moving from Goodison Park in the off-season.
And Barca academy graduate Gerard Deulofeu will come up against the man who gave him his first-team football debut in Pep.
Deulofeu started his Everton career brightly under former boss Roberto Martinez, but as results slumped under the Spaniard, his appearances became fewer.
Now with Pep’s former roommate in charge, the 22-year-old has a point to prove against his old mentor.
As familiar with Guardiola’s football philosophy as Koeman is, Deulofeu is confident they can match the table-toppers.
He says: “Every year, he played the same in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now
“It’s an amazing style and if you have
specific players, the players you want, that style is the best.
“We know we go to an amazing pitch and difficult stadium but I think we can take the three points because we have a good, strong team.
“I’m confident. I have good memories… Pep gave me my debut in the first division.”