Barca stars keen to avoid two clubs in UCL quarter-finals

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/03/2019

Barcelona players are keen to avoid two clubs in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after reaching last eight for 12 seasons in a row.

Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho gave the La Liga holders first-half lead but Lyon's Lucas Tousart threatened to turn the game on its head when he found the back of the net 13 minutes after the break.

However, Argentina talisman Messi restored Barcelona's two-goal lead before Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele put the icing on the cake for Ernesto Valverde's side with both goals assisted by the five0time Ballon d'Or winner.

Blaugrana will be joined by Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, Ajax and Porto in the Friday quarter-final/semi-final draw but according to AS Barcelona’s squad reached a consensus on who they want to avoid Pep Guardiola’s City and Bianconerri.

The Catalan giant scare of Premier League leaders and Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A holders which they viewed as the main contenders for this year title, while Juventus’ rousing comeback against Atletico Madrid made a big impression on the La Liga Champions team.

Barcelona stars also decided that Porto and Manchester United would be the most attractive ties for the next round. Ajax, Liverpool and Spurs, meanwhile, are viewed as difficult opponents but not at the same level as Cityzen or Old Lady.