Del Piero fears Euro trio

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Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero has conceded that he hopes to avoid Barcelona and Manchester United in the next round of the UEFA Champions League.

Due to the number of strong sides that progressed to the next stage courtesy of finishing second in their respective groups, it is expected that several of the competition's favourites could be paired in the next round.

Del Piero believes Barcelona are the team to avoid but also admits that Real Madrid and Manchester United pose a genuine threat to the Old Lady's challenge.

''If I could choose I'd avoid Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United,'' said Del Piero.

''But especially in this moment, it would be better to avoid the Catalans.''

Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini also echoed Del Piero's words, when he too admitted that he would be looking to avoid Barcelona.