Trouble is brewing ahead of the Catalan derby with Luis Enrique refusing to attend the traditional photocall, something that Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores has brushed off by saying that he only wants to be with people who want to be there with him.
Barcelona's home form has been poor in 2016/17 and in analysing possible outcomes, Quique has not hidden that he has imagined what it would be like to win at the Camp Nou.
"For us all games are important, but we know that this is different and on an emotional level it's very special for our supporters," he said at his pre-match press conference.
"We come into the match, without any worries but against a rival that will demand the maximum from us at all times."
Although Espanyol are playing well, the coach believes that his side will be a better team in a few months from now.
"If this match was in a few months, we would be a better team, but now we are a group that grows and progresses against a group that has been playing very well for years," he continued.
On the thorny issue of Luis Enrique's failure to show for the photo before the match, Quique preferred to steer clear of their ongoing rift which dates back to their days at Real Madrid.
"I get along well with everybody," he said.
"I am with those who want to be with me, I'm more mature and I don't care for such minor or insignificant things."
Winning is uppermost in the visitors' minds and the coach has tried to get his players to visualise winning and their great rivals.
"Wins have to be imagined because if you do not dream them, you can't transmit the ideas to the players," he said.
"I've imagined the result many times but I know the difficulties we will have.
"The most important thing is that the players are convinced."