The former Portugal hero is one of only a few that is refusing to predict that Pep Guardiola’s men will coast towards the semi-final when the Miners arrive in Spain next week for the first leg clash.
Shakhtar have created club history this season by reaching the last eight of Europe’s elite tournament, but Figo believes that they are capable of progressing further if the Blaugrana take them for granted.
“Shakhtar are constantly evolving. Their side has many Brazilians, who are comfortable on the field and play together very well. This team will not be easy to play,” the ex-Barca and Real Madrid winger told Marca in an interview.
“It is possible that the fate of the match with Barca will be won by individuals, those who can use their experience and presence on the pitch.”
Shakhtar steamrolled over Roma in the first knockout stage of the competition, winning 6-2 on aggregate, and have a frightening unbeaten home record.
The last time the Ukrainian champions lost on home soil in Europe was in fact against Barcelona in 2008, a very late Lionel Messi double sealing a 2-1 victory in the Donbass region.