Fergie doesn't fear 'amazing' Barca

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has not followed the lead of other managers in the Champions League last eight and hailed Barcelona as the team to beat.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said they were the team to avoid in today's quarter-final draw, but Ferguson doesn't believe it's good tactics to single out one team in a competition full of talent.

"It is not good tactics to go into how good Barcelona are and show trepidation or apprehension about it. I don't think that is our way. You have to face every hurdle as it comes along," said the Scot.

"We have the experience of playing Barcelona recently. We knocked them out in the semi-final and then lost the final to them in Rome the following year."

Undoubtedly the team to beat after their impressive last 16 victory over Arsenal, Barcelona currently lead La Liga ahead of Real Madrid, another side to look out for in the draw this morning in Nyon.


Stopping short of hailing Pep Guardiola's side, Ferguson did have words of praise for the Catalan club and the quality of their side, highlighting the consistency of squad selection that has helped them become a force in Europe.

"The amazing thing about Barcelona is that they very rarely change their team. It is a fantastic feat when you consider all the games you play nowadays. I don't know what they do in their training. Maybe they carry luck with injuries?"

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