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Barcelona are favourites for the Champions League, says Mauricio Pochettino

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The Spurs boss also talked about Lionel Messi

Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Group B Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino reckons Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League this season, mainly because of Lionel Messi.

Pochettino has already faced Barca twice in the group stages, losing 4-2 at Wembley and drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou, and thinks they are the team to beat.

“If there’s a favourite to win the Champions League, it’s Barcelona,” he said.

“They have players at a very high level, like Leo Messi, who is a genius and the best in the world.

“Barcelona have excellent, extraordinary footballers, but they also have someone in Messi who is a genius, someone even more different, extraordinary and unique.

“Leo does things that nobody expects, but what continues to surprise me about him is his consistency. He’s being doing it with regularity, every three or four days, for the last 11 or 12 years.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Barcelona face Manchester United in the quarter-finals, while Tottenham are on the other side of the draw and take on Premier League champions Manchester City.