Tottenham coach, Mauricio Pochettino has said he believes Barcelona are favorites to win the Champions League because they have the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.
Messi has been in amazing form, scoring two goals and two assists in Barca’s 5-1 victory over Lyon in Europe before bagging a sublime hat-trick in a recent La Liga game vs Real Betis.
His words, “If there’s a favourite to win the Champions League, it’s Barcelona,”
“They have players at a very high level, like Leo Messi, who is a genius and the best in the world.
“Barcelona have excellent, extraordinary footballers, but they also have someone in Messi who is a genius, someone even more different, extraordinary and unique.
“Leo does things that nobody expects, but what continues to surprise me about him is his consistency. He’s being doing it with regularity, every three or four days, for the last 11 or 12 years.”
On his draw against Man City in the CL, he said, Any of the four English teams would have preferred not to face another Premier League side, but the draw is what it is,”
“City are a team with an obligation to win, not just since Pep arrived but also with [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrini.
“But we are going to play against them in our new stadium and they will be up against 62,000 people who will transmit a special energy [to our players].”