Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quarters

first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 10:39 IST Lionel Messi has been in fine form for Barcelona in the ongoing season (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIf there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona: PochettinoI think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United: PochettinoManchester United will host Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 10Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said Barcelona will have the edge in their much-anticipated Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United and has backed the Spanish club to lift the title for the sixth time.United have rediscovered their verve under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over from Jose Mourinho in December, and has guided the club to 14 wins in 19 games.Pochettino, however, feels United still have a lot of work to do to compete with Barcelona, who are 10 points clear at the top of the La Liga standings.”If there is one favourite team to win Champions League it is Barcelona,” former Espanyol boss Pochettino told reporters.”(Ernesto) Valverde is doing a great job. They have players of extraordinary level, and then they have Lionel Messi.”I think the Manchester United team that has been built during the past few years was built to win big things. But I think Barcelona are one step higher than Manchester United.”Man City are a team designed to win: PochettinoSpurs will face domestic rivals Manchester City in the quarter-finals, with Pochettino indicating Pep Guardiola’s reigning English champions are built to win Europe’s elite trophy.”It is clear that Manchester City are a team designed to win and with an obligation to win,” he added.”We will try to compete. We know that in short tournaments the fitness of the team at the time is very important. We have the incentive that we have a new stadium and we will play with 62,000 spectators. That will create a special energy.”advertisementTottenham will complete the move to their new 62,000-seater stadium before they host City on April 9.Also Read | East Bengal ready to take part in Super Cup, Indian Super LeagueAlso Read | Chelsea allege racial abuse at Dynamo Kiev in Europa League tieAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Champions LeagueFollow Champions League quartersFollow Manchester UnitedFollow BarcelonaFollow Manchester CityFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino backs Barcelona to overcome Man United threat in Champions League quartersWhile Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, Barcelona take on Manchester United in their last-eight outings in April.advertisementlast_img read more