Arsene Wenger believes Manchester City or PSG are likely to win this year’s Champions League due to the decline in the competition.
Perhaps one of the biggest regrets for Arsene Wenger is that he cannot count the Champions League amongst his medal collection but there is only one manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) who has managed more games in the competition (190 v 178).
As a result, he kinda has a bit of a clue what he’s talking about, and he’s picked City and PSG as possible winners.
“When you are playing a match against Atalanta or Atletico Madrid, anything can happen. But for me, Manchester City and PSG are the two favourites in terms of their potential,” Wenger told Europe 1.
At the time of his comments, City were yet to play their second leg against Real Madrid. They took a 2-1 lead into the game from the away match that was played before football stopped and won the tie 4-2. They will now face Lyon who beat Juventus on away goals.
“I feel they [PSG, with whom Wenger has close ties] are a little bit less strong than three or four years ago,” he added. “In terms of their holistic set-up, they were maybe a bit more complete three to four years ago, in all positions.
“The competition was stronger as well. But I think that there has been a general decline in the quality of European football at the very, very, very highest level and they are still amongst the two or three best in Europe.
“We shouldn’t be looking for false reasons why PSG have not yet won the Champions League. Even Real Madrid didn’t win it sometimes during 10 to 15 years, then they won it three times in a row.”
PSG face Atalanta in a one-off quarter final on Wednesday, kick-off 8pm.