PARIS (AFP) - Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc admitted that Barcelona are the bogeyman club everyone will be keen to avoid in Friday's Champions League draw for the last eight.
Defending champions Barcelona are the only team left to fly the Spanish flag in Europe and they showed their class with a 4-0 destruction of Stuttgart on Wednesday, giving them a 5-1 win on aggregate.
They will be counting on the magical skills of Lionel Messi to lead them to the Champions League final at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of arch rivals Real Madrid, and thus become the first team to defend the title since the competition's inception in 1993.
The Catalans go into Friday's quarter-final draw in Nyon, Switzerland along with 2008 winners and last season's runners-up Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Lyon, Bordeaux, CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich.
France find themselves with two teams in the final eight for the first time since 2004 with Bordeaux and Lyon.
And Blanc said he, for one, wanted to avoid the Spaniards after his side squeezed into the quarter-finals after a tense 2-0 victory over Greek club Olympiakos at home for a 3-1 aggregate victory midweek.
Asked if he was hoping to draw CSKA Moscow, Blanc said: "It would show a lack of respect for Moscow to say that. This team achieved a super match against Sevilla.
"But I'd like to avoid Barcelona because I think they're the bogeyman of this competition even if I saw a superb team on Tuesday evening - Inter Milan."
Barcelona and Manchester United, both three-time winners, and Inter Milan, two-time champions, are the rivals the other clubs will be hoping to avoid.
Barca president Joan Laporta said his side were feeling increasingly confident, but taking it one match at a time.
"We are on the right path," said Laporta.
"We have very difficult opponents ahead of us. We cannot think about the final, on Friday we will know who we will face and we will continue working as we have until now. They will be some hard-fought quarter-finals."
As Barcelona can count on Messi, Manchester United's not-so-secret weapon is Wayne Rooney, who reached 30 goals for the season as they marched into the last eight with a clinical 4-0 demolition of AC Milan.
Rooney added to his double in the 3-2 first leg victory in Milan with another brace at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan were also impressive as they beat his old side Chelsea 2-1 in Italy and 1-0 in London to seal their quarter-final berth.
German giants Bayern Munich scraped past Fiorentina in the last 16.
Having won the first leg 2-1 in Munich thanks to a controversial goal from Miroslav Klose, Bayern went through on the away goals rule in Fiorentina after Arjen Robben and captain Mark van Bommel scored in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat.
"Maybe we'll avoid the really top teams at this stage," said Bayern's Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger.
"We're delighted to be through, as that was our target. Let's see what happens in the draw."
Bayern could face United for the first time in eight years.
Lyon complete the line-up after they saw off Real Madrid to deprive Cristiano Ronaldo of the chance to return to Old Trafford.
|Martinez calls for Everton consistency|
|Oxlade-Chamberlain: Arsenal´s best will come|
|Benaglio retires from Swiss duty|
|MLS Review: Galaxy stun Rapids, Sounders held|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: MLS clubs shine|
|Panama 4 Cuba 0: Hosts finally win|
|K. League Preview: In-form Jeonbuk out to increase advantage|
|Copa Sudamericana Review: Penarol poised to advance, General Diaz on track|
|Liga MX Preview: America target another win|
|J.League Preview: In-form Kashima, Tokyo face tests|
|Fresh faces in Australia squad|
|Copa Argentina Review: River Plate, Estudiantes des Caseros reach quarters|
|Girard rues wasteful Lille|
|Scholes: ´I am scared for United´|
|Patient Inter got just rewards - Mazzarri|
|UEFA Europa League Review: Inter win in Iceland|
|UEFA Champions League Play-offs Review: Away sides prosper in play-off first legs|
|Fulham 0 Wolves 1: Sako inflicts more misery on hosts|
|Bundesliga Preview: Klopp set to break record as Dortmund host Leverkusen|
|Bruce reveals Aboubakar interest|
|Kane ready to light up Premier League|
|Jerome joins Norwich|
|Bayern destined to dominate Bundesliga once again|
|Perfectionist Guardiola raises the bar|
|Pohang Steelers 0 Seoul 0: Last-eight tie on a knife edge|
|Rojo pens five-year deal at United|
|Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg: Badstuber wary of tough opening|
|Eredivisie Preview: Ajax and PSV lock horns in De Topper, Groningen face Den Haag|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne out to continue dream starts|
|Thai Premier League Review: 10-man Buriram survive Muang Thong test, BEC Tero defeated|
|QPR seal Fer capture|
|Modric aiming for further glory after extending deal|
|Dzeko pens new City deal|
|Marotta: Vidal was never for sale|
|Evian v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions wary of wounded hosts|
|Ulloa gains confidence from debut goal|
|Hamann hoping for competitive Bundesliga|
|Dortmund duo Kirch and Ji sidelined|
|Irvine will not rush Gamboa|
|Messi, Mascherano laud La Masia|
|Moses: Hughes reason for Stoke move|
|Lahm aware of Dortmund threat|
|Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid: Rodriguez targets winning goal after opening Real account|
|Wilshere urges focus for return leg|
|Milan: No Liverpool offer for Balotelli|
|Michu chat aided Fernandez switch|
|Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Guangzhou Evergrande 0: Tempers flare after Sydney triumph|
|Van der Vaart headlines Netherlands squad|
|CAF Champions League Preview: Dead rubbers brought to life by Zamalek appeal|
|UEFA open Tavecchio investigation|
|Napoli sign Villarreal´s De Guzman|
|My heart is at Bayern, insists Muller|
|Altidore at his happiest - Poyet|
|Barca to go to CAS after FIFA rejects appeal|
|Swansea confirm Fernandez signing|
|Leverkusen will not relax, says Schmidt|
|Modric pens new Real deal|
|Amat relishing Fernandez competition|
|Snodgrass out for six months|
|Di Maria is Real´s best - Simeone|
|Kompany hails City contract dealings|
|Higuain: Napoli have to qualify|
|Martinez backs Barkley to bounce back|
|Stjarnan ready to exploit Inter´s ´weaknesses´|
|No price-tag pressure for Liverpool´s Markovic|
|Courtois admits departure thoughts|
|Skrtel: Liverpool must defend ´as a group´|
|Duff predicts Chelsea success, ´worried´ for Fulham|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Portland shine in Guyana|
|Simeone: We have a ´50-50 chance´|
|Copa Sudamericana Review: Cerro Porteno win away, Huachipato start strongly|
|Ronaldo injury ´not serious´ - Ancelotti|
|Martino names Argentina squad|
|Supercopa ´still open´ - Alonso|
|Expect goals in Lille, Porto clash - Girard|
|Courtois wants Cech stay|
|Benitez backs Napoli to score|
|Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Ronaldo off at half-time as Real denied|
|League Two Review: Morecambe, Burton remain unbeaten, Portsmouth defeat Northampton|
|Wenger rues ´unbelievable´ Ramsey dismissal|
|League One Review: Fleetwood maintain perfect start, Sheffield United off the mark|
|Championship Review: Forest stun Bournemouth, Maynard returns to haunt Wigan|
|UEFA Champions League Review: Higuain rescues Napoli, Leverkusen edge thriller|
|Besiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Ramsey dismissed in Istanbul stalemate|
|Al Hilal 1 Al Sadd 0: Al Faraj settles tight encounter|
|Al Kuwait 3 Persipura 2: Dramatic turnaround for defending champions|
|Al Qadsia 1 Al Hadd 1: Honours even in Kuwait City|
|Julio Cesar poised for Benfica after QPR release|
|Al Ain 2 Al Ittihad 0: Gyan strikes as Al Ain take first-leg lead|
|United agree Rojo deal|
|Vardy commits to Leicester|
|Hangeland ends Norway career|
|Let´s emulate the Brazil greats - Dunga|
|Dunga rings Brazil changes|
|UEFA Europa League Play-Off Preview: Inter, Villarreal hit the road|
|Lokeren v Hull City: Bruce set to rotate|
|Ha Noi T&T 0 Erbil 1: Radhi strike gives Iraqis first-leg advantage|
|AEL v Tottenham: Pochettino poised to make Euro bow|
|Pekerman signs new Colombia deal|
|Zubizarreta plays down Alves reports|
|Larsson targets more goal glory|
|Banega presented at Sevilla|
|Baptistao returns to Rayo|
|Zuculini seals Valencia loan move|
|Knee injury sidelines Schweinsteiger|
|Ideal start to title push - Terry|
|Ninh Binh 2 Kitchee 4: Visitors edge six-goal thriller|
|We will move on quickly, says Arfield|
|Conte aims to transform Italian fortunes|
|Redknapp eyes triple swoop|
|Conte dismisses Puma pressure|
|Barkley reports untrue - Martinez|
|Rossi a doubt for Serie A opener|
|Stjarnan v Inter: Icelandic minnows host Italian giants in Europa League play-off|
|My dream has come true - Suarez|
|I will not bite again, Suarez vows|
|Long happy with Southampton price-tag|
|Lambert slams disrespectful Koeman|
|Marin relishing Fiorentina loan|
|Everyone needs to chip in - Rodgers|
|Barcelona want fans´ pride - Luis Enrique|
|Popovic: Palace have not approached me|
|Rooney must work harder, says Hamann|
|Sigurdsson will be crucial - Williams|
|Prandelli sends best wishes to Conte|
|Cabella: I have more to offer|
|Brandao issues apology online before removing|
|Theophile-Catherine loaned to Saint-Etienne|
|Keller bemoans ´huge disappointment´|
|Hart to fight for spot|
|Costa hard done by - Mourinho|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Review: Blooming go top, The Strongest play out thriller|
|Rakitic keen to get to know Suarez|
|Rojo confirms United move|
|Argentine Primera Division Review: Racing Club, Velez Sarsfield stay perfect|
|Berg fires parting shot at UEFA|
|Mourinho hails calm Chelsea|
|Wenger: Play-off suits Arsenal|
|Sanchez swayed by Angel chat|
|DFB-Pokal Review: Schalke ousted, Hamburg scrape through|
|South Korea end Van Marwijk chase|
|Grinding win pleases Sturridge|
|Dyche upbeat despite Chelsea defeat|