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Dynamo Kyiv manager does not think Barcelona are favorites for UCL

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Mircea Lucescu is not impressed

Dinamo Kiev v Gent - UEFA Champions League Photo by Stanislav Vedmid/Soccrates/Getty Images

Dynamo Kyiv manager Mircea Lucescu displayed a fearless attitude as his side prepare to take on Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

Lucescu said the Catalans are not ready to win the Champions League, telling the media: “I sincerely believe that right now Barça does not have the necessary level to win it.”

“It is true that they are doing a very good job with the younger footballers, which is why they need time,” he went on to say. “I think that at present, [Manchester] City, Bayern [Munich,] or PSG are one step above Barça.”

Dynamo will be without many players who tested positive for COVID-19, but the manager vowed his team would be a tough challenge for the Catalans.

“We only have thirteen players, but we will go out and try to play good football,” he said.

Lucescu also gave his verdict on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentine “is doing many things for the group. He does not think only of himself but for the team. He fights a lot, he always tries to assist goals and if he can, he scores. You can tell that he wants to help younger footballers.”