Pep Guardiola has mentioned Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League forward of Manchester Metropolis due to Lionel Messi.
Metropolis, who’re 15 factors clear on the prime of the Premier League after profitable 18 consecutive video games are set to face Basel within the Champions League spherical of 16.
They’re considered as a contender to win the Champions League for a primary time, however Guardiola insists Messi’s availability for Barca makes them the group to observe.
Talking after the 1-Zero win in opposition to Newcastle on Wednesday, Metropolis boss Guardiola was requested if Metropolis have been favourites for the Champions League, to which he answered: “Who does [Lionel] Messi play for?”
When a reporter mentioned “Barcelona,” Guardiola replied: “In order that they’re the favourites.”
Barcelona are 9 factors clear on the prime of La Liga and have gone into the winter break unbeaten of their first 17 video games.
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