To win this season’s UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi has ruled out Barcelona’s chances as he named his favorites to win the top prize for Europe.
The 32-year-old Barcelona captain has last won the trophy in the 2014-15 season and was vocal about his desire to carry the trophy back to Camp Nou. Since then, on multiple occasions, his Barcelona side has been knocked out of the competition in unprecedented fashion.
On Tuesday at Atletico Madrid Messi has revealed Liverpool is still one of his favorites as he despite suffering a 1-0 first-leg loss.
Messi has also named Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Madrid as the other sides that might challenge this season for the Champions League.
“All [the teams] are complicated and difficult,” He told to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo. “Paris went to play Dortmund and lost, Liverpool went to Atletico’s field and lost, but I think, like that and everything, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris, and Madrid are the strongest today.”
Saul Niguez has opened the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano in the fourth minute, unable to find an equalizer for Jurgen Klopp’s men before full-time.
Yet Messi said he was not surprised by the result and indicated that it would always be difficult to tie the round-of-16.
A little bit more talk on Atletico’s victory over Liverpool Messi said, “On the day of the draw, we talked in the locker room that would be very close because Atletico competes a lot in this competition. In two-match duels, they are very strong and they showed it again, that they will compete and they will be there.”
Messi’s Barcelona has returned to their Champions League campaign with a trip away to Napoli next Tuesday.