Barcelona polls: Majority want United in quarter-finals, big proportion still fear Chelsea

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Diario Sport have held live polls regarding Barcelona’s prospective Champions League quarter-final opponents.

Spanish press Diario Sport have their Barcelona section, which is used for daily updates and big stories primarily for the supporters of the Catalan club.

Over the past couple of days, the newspaper have held polls regarding two key questions: 'Who would Barcelona supporters like to face in the quarter-finals of the Champions League?’, and the other being ‘Would you like to face Chelsea in the quarter finals?’

Both polls, which were conducted by more than 7,000 voters, had some intriguing responses.

At present, 51% of the participants voted in favour of Manchester United as favourable quarter-final opponents, with Borussia Dortmund in second place with 16%.

After losing the first-leg 2-0 in Greece, the Red Devils squeezed into the last eight due to a fantastic 3-0 comeback victory over Olympiakos at Old Trafford last night. Robin Van Persie grabbed a hattrick, and it resulted in arguably David Moyes’ finest hour to date in the United hot-seat.

The tie, however, could have easily swayed in the Greeks favour. Olympiakos had a number of opportunities to score at Old Trafford, yet found David de Gea in top form.

There is no denying Manchester United’s weaknesses, and recent results indicate that they’re a shadow of the team which lost to Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley.

Barcelona fans know that their side have already comfortably brushed aside Manchester’s better side this season, and they will fancy their chances of reaching an unparalleled seventh straight Champions League semi-final should they get United in Friday’s draw.

In Diario Sports other poll, 22% would not like to be drawn against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

During Barcelona’s reign as Europe’s finest side under the direction of Pep Guardiola, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan were the only two teams to stop Barcelona creating Champions League history.

In 2010, reigning champions Barcelona lost 3-2 on aggregate to an ultra-defensive Inter Milan side coached by Mourinho, and that trick was arguably bettered by Chelsea in 2012 when they held Barcelona to a memorable 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp – also progressing 3-2 on aggregate.

After Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho is looked upon as Barcelona’s biggest nemesis in football, and whilst a fair number of supporters would love to get one over the Special One, there also lies a good proportion who still fear what the Chelsea boss is capable of.

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