Barca duo warn United

Spanish titans confident of beating United

Barcelona duo Samuel Eto'o and Carles Puyol are confident they can end Manchester United's UEFA Champions League dreams.

United will meet Barca in a mouth-watering semi-final later this month after they dispatched of Roma and Schalke respectively in the quarter-finals.

The Premier League leaders are seen as favourites to progress to the final in Moscow, but Eto'o says Barca have set their sights on a trip to Moscow feeling they have better players than United.

"United are a great team but so are we. We have better players than them," Eto'o told The Sun.

"I'm already dreaming of the final in Moscow. Why shouldn't I?"

Barcelona skipper Puyol, who will miss the first leg at Camp Nou because of suspension, is a big admirer of United and he is expecting a classic encounter with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"I am certain that one year if United continue like this they can win the Champions League - but it won't be this one," noted Puyol.

"This could be the greatest semi-final in the history of the Champions League.

"Two sets of fantastic players will be set against each other.

"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 has backed Barca wizard Lionel Messi to come out on top of the battle with United sensation Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi is set to make his return against United after recovering from a thigh problem and Puyol knows how important the Argentine is to Barca.

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

"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."

Barca have struggled to find top form in recent weeks with coach Frank Rijkaard coming under-fire from angry fans.

However, Puyol insists the players will put the turmoil behind them to reach the Champions League final.

"The atmosphere around the club will not affect us. Winning against Schalke was a great night," said Puyol.

"You have to take into account we are in the semi-finals. It's true we have been quite average this season but you have to appreciate what we have achieved reaching this stage of the Champions League.

"United have hit top form but in a Champions League semi-final each team has a 50 per cent chance of going through. Both teams have brilliant players."