Messi snubs EPL giants as UCL favourites

UEFA Champions League

Lionel Messi has named several teams he considers to be favourites to win the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League, but, perhaps surprisingly, omitted one of Europe's most decorated clubs. 

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has weighed in on who he thinks is likely to win Europe's most prized club competition this season, and mentioned three Premier League sides as strong contenders.  

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In a recent interview, the Argentine said that England's top flight has three "great teams" in Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG's current UCL group opponents Manchester City, with the omission of Liverpool having caught the attention of some. 

"It is true that the centre of attention is on PSG, but there are other very strong teams, such as Chelsea, the Manchester teams [United and City], Real Madrid, who always responds, Inter Milan, Bayern [Munich]," Messi told L'Equipe when asked who he thinks can win the continental tournament this season. 

"We have great individuals, but we still have to know each other well to form a team. To win important titles, you have to play as a team. 

"That is what makes me say that we are still one step back compared to all these clubs, who have more collective experience than us. 

"It is everyone's dream to win the Champions League here. The club has been working towards this goal for a few years and lately it has been close.

"From a personal point of view, it is the same, I would love to win the Champions League, as I said when I was still in Barcelona. It is a very good, very difficult competition to win, but I think this group of players has the weapons to win this title." 

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Liverpool are the most successful Premier League side in the Champions League with six titles.

The Reds are also the club that knocked Barca out of the 2018/19 edition of the tournament in emphatic fashion when they turned around a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their semi-final by putting four past the Blaugrana without response in the return leg at Anfield. 

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