Abidal: We must win the Champions League for Vilanova

The former France international has had his own health problems but he is solely focused on lifting his boss' spirits by lifting the European Cup
Eric Abidal feels it "essential" that Barcelona win this season's Champions League for coach Tito Vilanova.

The Blaugrana boss recently returned to the dugout after spending time in New York City recovering from the effects of parotid gland cancer and six subsequent weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Abidal, of course, has had his own health concerns, having been out of action for 14 months following a liver transplant, but the defender is desperately hoping that Barca can triumph in Europe for his boss' sake.

"All four teams left [in the draw] are good," he told reporters.

"But we want to get to the final and win the cup for Tito. He's had a really tough time. It's essential that we get through [to the final]."

Barcelona have Liga rivals Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for company in the final four of the Champions League.