It’s not often we hear from the Argentinian but he was quizzed about who he felt had the best chance of claiming glory in the Champions League this season.
Barca are, of course, already through as group winners following Wednesday’s draw with Juventus and Messi has highlighted who he feels are the teams to beat.
“[Manchester] City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG,” he said.
“So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition.
“I never rule out Madrid because although they’re not having the results that everyone expects, I have no doubt that in the end they will be fighting for everything, as they do every year.
“Bayern is another big team that will also be there at the end, but it’s true that today City and PSG are the best .”
Source | Marca
Barcelona finish their group stage campaign at home to Sporting Lisbon but will he hoping for a more favourable draw after finishing in top spot.
The Blaugrana will not be able to face Manchester City in the next round as Pep Guardiola’s side have also topped their group.
Paris Saint-Germain should also finish as group winners unless Bayern beat them by a four-goal margin in the final fixture.
Madrid, meanwhile, will finish second behind Tottenham in their group but can’t be drawn in the next round against Barca as teams from the same country can’t play one another.
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