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Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho helped Barcelona to the quarter-finals.

Barcelona players want to draw Porto or Man United in the Champions League quarter-finals

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Barcelona secured their passage to the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday after defeating Lyon at the Camp Nou.

The first leg ended goalless but Barcelona showed their superiority at home, winning 5-1.

A Lionel Messi brace plus goals from Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele gave the Spaniards a comfortable victory.

The past few years in Europe's Premier cup competition have been unkind to the Catalan giants.

Real Madrid have won the competition in each of the last three seasons, which no doubt would have been painful for Barcelona.

They were in with a shot of reaching the semi-finals last year, but they were shocked by Roma in the last eight.

This year, though, they may well be the favourites.

The likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all been knocked out, which would no doubt make Barcelona's route to the final easier.

However, there are still some dangerous sides left in the competition, including Juventus, Manchester City and Liverpool.

But who do Barcelona players want to draw?

Barcelona players celebrate Ousmane Dembele's goal v Lyon

According to AS, Barcelona players have expressed their preference behind the scenes.

And it turns out they actually want to play Porto or Manchester United in the last eight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought about an incredible improvement at Man United and oversaw their dramatic comeback against PSG in the last 16.

But, despite that result, Barcelona players view them as one of the easier sides left in the draw.

The report adds that Ajax, Tottenham and Liverpool are considered as tougher nuts to crack.

Barcelona players don't have a high opinion of Solskjaer's Man United side

While Barcelona are most wary about being drawn against Man City and Juventus.

Juventus' comeback against Atletico has made an impression on Barcelona players, while Man City is viewed as the 'clear candidate' to win the competition.

AS also write that more than one player wants Juventus and Man City to be drawn together in the last eight so one of them will be eliminated.

Barcelona fans: Who do you want to draw in the quarter-finals? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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