Champions League: Wenger says Man City, PSG are favourites to win title

Champions League: Wenger says Man City, PSG are favourites to win title

- Champions League games return to centre stage this weekend

- Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tips Man City and PSG as favourites for the title

- The competition has been on hold since early March after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to challenge for the Champions League title this campaign.

The European elite championship has been on hold since early March due to coronavirus pandemic but all is now ready for resumption this month.

A few rounds of 16 fixtures will be concluded this weekend before the quarterfinal games will kick-off days after.

Juventus will take on Lyon, while Pep Guardiola's City host Real Madrid on Friday, August 7, and the games between Bayern Munich vs Chelsea and Barcelona against Napoli come a day after.

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Then, the remainder of the competition will be staged in Lisbon, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place over one leg ahead of the final on August 23.

However, with more experienced teams like Bayern Munich, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, and others, Wenger believes that either Guardiola ’s men or the PSG should be classed as favourites.

He told Europe1: "I think that there is an overall fall in the European level of very, very, very high level and that they are still among the two, three best in Europe.

"For me, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the two favourites (of the Champions League) on their potential.”

Thomas Tuchel's men are already through having dumped Borussia Dortmund out of the tourney 3-2 on aggregate before the Covid-19 shutdown.

The French League champions will take on Atalanta at Benfica’s Estadio Da Luz on August 12, and if they progress, they battle the winner of RB Leipzig or Atletico clash in the last four.

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While he puts the Ligue 1 side up in the favourites category, he says he does not think that their team is as good as it was a few seasons ago.

He added: "Afterwards when you play in a match against Atlético Madrid (potential opponent of PSG in the semi-finals) or against Atalanta, anything can happen.

"I honestly find them a little less strong than they were 3-4 years ago. In the overall structure, they were perhaps a little more complete 3-4 years ago, at all times. The competition (within the team) was also stronger."

Champions League: Wenger says Man City, PSG are favourites to win title

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PSG, like Man City, are yet to taste Champions League glory, with the owners of both clubs desperate to secure the famous trophy as a tangible reward for their significant investment. earlier reported that Chelsea's chance of reaching Champions League quarterfinals may have been cancelled after two of their players have been ruled out of Bayern Munich's second leg round of 16 fixture.

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The duo of Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta suffered hamstring injuries during their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the final of this year's FA Cup championship at Wembley Stadium.

Pulisic opened scoring for the Stamford Bridge outfit but a Pierre-Emerich Aubameyang's brace turned the result in favour of the Gunners.

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