Champions League: Tottenham coach, Pochettino names favourite club to win trophy

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino has identified Barcelona as the favourite club that can win the UEFA Champions League this season.

Pochettino believes the La Liga champions can beat Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final and go all the way to lift the title for the sixth time.

“If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona,” Pochettino was quoted by NAN on Tuesday as telling reporters.

“(Ernesto) Valverde is doing a great job. They have players of extraordinary level, and then they have Lionel Messi.

“I think the Manchester United team that has been built during the past few years was built to win big things. But I think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United.”

Tottenham will face domestic rivals, Manchester City in the quarter-finals, with Pochettino indicating that Pep Guardiola’s reigning English champions are built to win Europe’s elite trophy.

“It is clear that Manchester City are a team designed to win and with an obligation to win,” Pochettino added.

“We will try to compete. We know that in short tournaments the fitness of the team at the time is very important. We have the incentive that we have a new stadium and we will play with 62,000 spectators.

“That will create a special energy.”

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