Guardiola explains why Barcelona can win the Champions League instead of Real Madrid or PSG
An away game with Basel awaits Manchester City today in the Champions League round of 16 round.
And Pep Guardiola would be hoping his team do far better than last year when his team crashed out of Europe against AS Monaco at this same stage in the competition.
Manchester City are among the favorites, but for Guardiola, Barcelona have a big advantage over the others because of Lionel Messi.
The Spanish tactician told TV3: “I do not say that Manchester City are the favorites for the Champions League, but I thank those who consider us as favorites.”
“But I still think the team that has Lionel Messi sincerely has more possibilities, because he controls the game like nobody else.”
“There are obviously other candidates.”
“Let’s not forget Real Madrid will always be contenders, they face PSG and only one would go through.”
“There’s hope among the English teams who believe they will progress far in the competition, But games away from Stamford Bridge, Anfield or Old Trafford are always very complicated.”
“Juventus are always there every year, so there are many favorites.”
“But if you ask me who as more advantage, then I would pick Barcelona, not that I’m putting them under pressure.”
“Having Messi is always an advantage.”