Barcelona fans must be quaking in their espadrilles.
On Wednesday night they face a scorned lover in the form of Jeremy Mathieu.
The France international spent three seasons in Catalonia, playing 91 games and winning nine trophies, before departing the club back in July.
The ex-Valencia defender never truly had the Nou Camp fans on his side with many believing that he wasn’t quite up to Barcelona standard.
As the La Liga giants began to fall behind Real Madrid, Mathieu’s ability (or lack thereof) was quickly identified as one of the reasons for the power shift.
And so the 33-year-old signed for Sporting CP on a free in the summer and fate couldn’t resist drawing the Portuguese club in the same Champions League group as Barcelona for the current campaign.
Mathieu is set to face his former club on Wednesday night and he’s announced his plans in the unlikely event he scores a goal.
“If I score against Barca, I will look and celebrate in front of Barto and Robert,” he said.
“I love Barca but I was treated badly. They blamed me for the loss to Juve last season.
“But nobody is talking about other players like Pique.”
No apologetic hands up non-celebration for Jeremy.
The Barto and Robert he is referring to are Josep Maria Bartomeu (club president) and Robert Fernandez (technical secretary) — key decisions makers in Catalonia.
Barcelona lost 3-0 to Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final first leg last term and while Mathieu would not have been best pleased with his personal performance, it was obvious that more than one player was below par in Turin that night.
Clearly Mathieu believes he was made a scapegoat for a poor team performance.
While we admire his integrity it would probably be wise to for him to spend his time thinking about how to resist Lionel Messi for 90 minutes rather than a potential gloating celebration.
Just a suggestion.