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Pochettino identifies Chelsea as PSG’s ‘team to beat’ in the Champions League in snub to Man Utd and City

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has identified defending European champions Chelsea as the ‘team to beat’ in the Champions League.

In doing so, the former Tottenham manager failed to mention last year’s finalists Manchester City, as well as Manchester United who now have Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reigning champions Chelsea are the team to beat – claims Poch
Pochettino believes Chelsea are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this year

The Paris Saint-Germain chief also said, on paper, his side are one of the favourites.

However, despite signing megastars such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos this summer, PSG need to ‘turn into a team’ before they get their hands on the Champions League trophy.

Pochettino said: “It’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads, but Chelsea are the holders so they’re the team to beat especially after strengthening their squad.

“We’re not a team yet. We are a club that has recruited many players this summer.

“There are some big names but we have to turn into a team. We know that we’ll be judged at the end of the season on our results.

“The pressure is there for all the clubs and we know that for a number of years, the Champions League is PSG’s main objective.”


PSG last came close to Champions League glory back in 2020, but they lost the final in Lisbon 1-0 to Bayern Munich.

And the Parisians kick-start their group stage campaign on Wednesday night against Belgian side Club Brugge.

Group stage rivals Manchester City also play tonight, facing RB Leipzig at the Etihad.

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