Barcelona's Puyol: Man Utd semi could be greatest ever

"This could be the greatest semi-final in the history of the Champions League," said Puyol, who is suspended for the first-leg. "Two sets of fantastic players will be set against each other.

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"We have a lot of respect for United because they are such a great side and a massive club

"They have very good players and really I expect it to be a beautiful semi-final. I am confident we will go through."

Puyol, who lifted the trophy two years ago in Paris when Barca beat Arsenal, is a fan of United wing wonder Cristiano Ronaldo.

But he insisted that Barca have their own genius in Argie wonderkid Lionel Messi - who will be back to face the Red Devils after a long absence with a thigh problem.

He added: "Cristiano Ronaldo is a spectacular player. Not only with his game but he's also scoring a lot of goals.

"He's a player who can win a game on his own. But, as I said, we also have excellent players and now we are going to have Messi back who is a fundamental player for us."

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