Barcelona’s preferred CL quarter-final opponents, and the one team they hope to avoid

An insight into the early hopes of the powers that be at Barcelona for the upcoming Champions League draw has this evening been provided.

Barca, of course, are fresh off booking their spot in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.

After being held to a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg between the clubs in Italy, Xavi’s troops put Italian champions Napoli to the sword by three goals to one in Catalunya on Tuesday, keeping the club’s continental campaign alive in the process.

Next up, however, comes the small matter of a two-legged affair with, in all likelihood, one of European football’s very best teams.

Joining the Blaugrana in the last eight of the Champions League, to date, have been all of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal.

And set to follow suit later tonight will be one of Borussia Dortmund or PSV Eindhoven, and either Atlético Madrid or Inter Milan.

So, where do the likes of Joan Laporta and Deco stand, when it comes to Barcelona’s potential opponents for the next round?

As per a report from Diario Sport, the widespread agreement behind the scenes in Catalunya as that the winners of the tie between PSV and Dortmund would come as the most beatable club remaining in the competition.

On the other hand, the Blaugrana hope to avoid Premier League champions Manchester City at all costs, a side whom they view as simply unbeatable based on the level of the clubs’ respective playing squads.

Interestingly, it is also noted that the La Liga giants would rather be drawn against one of PSG or Bayern Munich, than Inter Milan.

This comes with the rampant Serie A table-toppers viewed as ‘very strong in all aspects’ of the game.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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