Alexis Sanchez says Carles Puyol's the best captain he's ever played under as he prepares to return to Camp Nou with Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Inter signed Alexis from Manchester United in the summer, where the Chilean international had struggled to play his best football following a transfer from Arsenal.
He had joined Arsenal from Barcelona and will come up against his former side in Catalonia in the Champions League this week.
"When I arrived at Barcelona they said it was the best Barcelona side ever at that moment," he remembered in an interview with UEFA.
"There was Guardiola, Messi, Xaxi, Iniesta... there was Puyol, who for me is an incredible captain. He's the best captain I have had in my career. It was nice, they teach you to play football in another way, with possession of the ball."
Given his Blaugrana past, Alexis knows the scale of the challenge facing Inter, who were held by Slavia Prague in their opening group game.
“At home, they are very strong," he added. "They have the confidence to play there. If we have one chance or two chances, we cannot waste them.
“I played there with United and we wasted three or four clear chances. Then they have one or two, they get in, and you’re 3-0 down. If you want to beat Barcelona, you can’t miss any clear chances.”