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Nou Camp 'keeper is happy to reach the last four of Europe’s premier club competition yet again as Guardiola's men aim to recapture Champions League trophy

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes admits that his side are looking forward to the prospect of facing rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Spanish champions defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in the second-leg of their quarter-final tie in Ukraine on Tuesday evening to go through 6-1 on aggregate.

Barcelona are now set to face Jose Mourinho's side in the last four with their La Liga rivals holding a 4-0 lead over Tottenham ahead of Wednesday's second leg, and Valdes is looking forward to the confrontation against their arch-rivals.

“I am happy with how things are going,” Valdes enthused, according to Spanish daily AS. “In addition, the team is playing better than in other years and we hope to prove this with titles.”

“We always look forward to meeting them [Real Madrid],” added the 29-year-old. “It will be fun.”

Barcelona and Madrid last faced each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001-02. On that occassion, Real emerged victorious the two-legged encounter at the time and won the competition by defeating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

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