‘Barca given toughest CL opponent’

Barcelona director Javier Bordas “doesn’t think there was a tougher opponent” on his club being drawn against Atletico Madrid in Friday’s Champions League draw.

Standing in Barca’s way of potentially a historic, successive Champions League triumph are Atleti, who defeated the Catalans at the same stage of the competition two years ago, and Bordas felt Los Colchoneros to be more difficult than the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

“I don’t think there was a tougher opponent,” he said after the draw, UEFA.com reports.

“They are the side who defend better than anyone. In the Champions League quarter-finals you know you’re going to get that kind of opponent.

“There were ‘better’ teams to get, but we got a very tough one. With Atletico everything is tough.

“We all know about their defensive capabilities, but first we need to win this tie and in the semi-final, if we get there, we’ll play whoever it might be.”

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