Manager of Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino says Barcelona remain the team to beat in this year’s Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks that Barcelona is on a different level to Manchester United and has marked the La Liga side as favourites.
United and Barcelona meet in the quarter-finals, a recap of the 2009 and 2011 final when the Spanish side came out on top twice.
All four English teams made it during the last eight, with Pochettino’s Tottenham pinched to face Premier League rivals Manchester City.
The city remains the bookmaker’s favourites to win the contest for the very first time, but Pochettino has ideas.
Speaking in Barcelona, where Tottenham depleted time preparation last week, Pochettino said: “If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it’s Barcelona. Valverde is doing a good job. They have players of an amazing level, and then they have Lionel Messi. Messi fans have got their Champions League Tickets to support the legend.
“You have terms such as Manchester City or Juventus that will always have the probability to win the contest because they are teams who are measured to do that. There is always space for surprises.
“Manchester United is the team that has been built to win big things. After all winning consequence contests such as the Champions League or Premier League always depends on the small details.
“Of course they have players capable to make things difficult for Barcelona. But I think Barcelona is a step higher than Manchester United.”
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“He (Messi) has been commended and will continue to be. He is the best player in the world. An astonishing and exclusive player.“Pochettino said.
“But what is more surprising is his promptness in performing extraordinary things. That is the most surprising thing.
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