“Everyone says that we are the big favorites and I will not deny that we are one of the candidates by name, but we still need things to become a really strong team,” PSG forward Lionel Messi told Marca about his team’s chances to win the Champions League.
“But we are not the only ones, there are other great teams that are candidates.
“Now, Liverpool are doing very well,” Messi added. “They are again [looking like] the Liverpool that won the Champions League. Then there are Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid…
“There are many teams that can fight for the Champions League, which is one of the most even and competitive in recent years because there are several teams that could win it.”
Chelsea were the notable absence in Messi’s list. The Blues are, of course, the defending champions after having beaten Man City in the final last season.
Messi might have just forgotten to name Chelsea in this interview but if the forward is underestimating Thomas Tuchel’s men then he will surely live to regret it.