The former Arsenal manager considers two clubs which haven’t won the championship are likely to emerge at the top
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain ought to be regarded as the two favorites for this season’s Champions League, based on Arsene Wenger.
European soccer’s premier knockout competition resumes this week after it had been stopped at the past 16 stage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are four 16 next leg ties to be finished, such as Manchester City’s battle with Real Madrid in Etihad Stadium on Friday, prior to the action then goes to Lisbon to an eight-team knockout championship, with all the quarter-finals and semi-finals happening over a leg forward of the closing on Sunday August 23.
City maintain a 2-1 lead over Los Blancos following the first leg in Santiago Bernabeu back in February. PSG meanwhile have secured their place in the last eight since they were able to conquer Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on aggregate prior to the Covid-19 shutdown.
Thomas Tuchel’s side take on surprise bundle Atalanta in Benfica’s Estadio Da Luz on Wednesday August 12, together with the winners facing RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid at the previous four.
The French winners, such as Manchester City, haven’t won the Champions League, together with the proprietors of the two clubs desperate to guarantee the renowned trophy as real reward for their investment.
Wenger, who’s now FIFA’s head of soccer development, considers both sides ought to be considered frontrunners with this year’s trophy, before the likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
“If you’re playing a game against Atalanta or Atletico Madrid, anything could happen. However, for me personally, Manchester City and PSG will be the two favorites concerning their potential,” Wenger told Europe 1.
Despite leaning them for European attractiveness, Wenger believes that the PSG squad is really poorer than it had been a couple of decades back, though he believes that the standard of competition has also dipped at that moment.
“I believe they’re a tiny bit less powerful than four decades back,” he added. “In terms of their holistic setup, they were perhaps a little more complete three to four decades back, in most places.
“The contest was stronger also. However, I believe there has been a general decrease in the standard of European soccer in the very, very, very best degree and they’re still among the two or three greatest in Europe.
“We should not be searching for false reasons why PSG haven’t won the Champions’ League. Even Real Madrid did not win it occasionally during 10 to 15 years, they then won it twice in a row”