The group stage draw for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League gave us all a lot of reasons to be excited, after throwing up a number of mouth-watering encounters between clubs deemed to be among the best in Europe.However, the teams will not be the only ones grabbing the headlines as the draw has also set the stage for some fascinating sub-plots. As we see in almost every Champions League edition, there will be players and managers drawn against their previous teams. From sentimental reunions and homecomings to desires of revenge and clashes of egos, there’s bound to be a lot of emotion involved.Here are 5 player/manager returns to watch out for in this year’s Champions League.
#1 Luis Enrique and AS Roma
We begin with the manager of the defending champions. Luis Enrique may have won the treble with Barcelona in his first year at the club, but his short career has also seen some less successful times.
In 2011, he was given his first managerial job at a top division side at AS Roma. The stint ended in a disappointing failure. Despite spending over 73 million euros on new players, Enrique’s Roma failed to qualify for Europe after finishing the season in 7th place – the team’s worst league position in six years.
This season, Enrique will make a return to Roma after his Barcelona team were drawn with the Italians in Group E of the Champions League. The two teams did face each other in the Camp Nou for the Joan Gamper Trophy in pre-season but this will be Enrique’s first competitive return to the Stadio Olimpico since leaving the team.
He may not have impressed there but he has spoken of his time at Roma in positive terms, seeing it as ‘making him a better coach.’