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Pep Guardiola claims ‘team Lionel Messi plays for’ is favourite to win Champions League after being asked about Manchester City’s chances

City are flying at the moment with 19 wins out of 20 in Premier League and also reached Carabao Cup semi-finals

Pep Guardiola gave an epic response when asked if his side are favourites to win the Champions League.

Manchester City are flying domestically, picking up a staggering 19 wins from 20 matches this season — with the other being a draw.

They are also in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and finished top of their Champions League group with 15 points out of 18.


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Pep Guardiola epically explains why Manchester City are not Champions League favourites

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Pep Guardiola epically explains why Manchester City are not Champions League favourites

However, asked whether City were favourites for Europe’s premier competition, Guardiola replied: “Where does [Lionel] Messi play? They are favourites.”

Guardiola was, of course, referring to former club Barcelona, where the Argentine has spent his entire career at.

And Lionel Messi, despite having turned 30 earlier this year, is enjoying arguably the best moment in football so far.


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Lionel Messi has been enjoying arguably best spell of entire career this season

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Lionel Messi has been enjoying arguably best spell of entire career this season

He has scored 15 La Liga goals as Barcelona have stormed to the top of the table without suffering defeat.

While they are also unbeaten in the Champions League — and are certainly among the favourites, even if they aren’t playing with the swashbuckling swagger of City.

Manchester City are among favourites for Champions League this season

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Manchester City are among favourites for Champions League this season

Guardiola famously won the competition twice as Barcelona manager, with Messi was central to their success.

And the City boss insists the Argentine will be key once again this season.


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