Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has rated Manchester City as the strongest clubs in this season’s Champions League alongside Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich.
The Argentine hero was speaking to Italian Newspaper, La Gazzetta dello Sport about Italy’s failure to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup when he slid in the opinion.
Messi said “Italian football isn’t the same as it was, and I think that means a lot more than just Italy not qualifying for the World Cup.”
To buttress his point, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner added that “two Serie A greats like Milan and Inter aren’t what they were 10 years ago and don’t even enter the Champions League now.
“That affects all of Italian football,” Messi noted.
“In my view,” he continued. “Manchester City are the strongest side in the Champions League right now, along with Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s a long season.
“I also never leave out Real Madrid for what they have and their experience, even if right now they are not getting the results everyone expects.
“Then there’s Bayern Munich, another big club that will be in the fight for the Champions League to the bitter end.”
After the matchday 5 of the Uefa competition, City, PSG, Madrid, Bayern and Messi’s Barcelona are among teams already qualified for the round of 16.
The final group ties will hold between December 5 and 6, before the knockout stages will begin next year.
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