Champions League: Pochettino names club that will challenge PSG for trophy this season


Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said Champions League holders Chelsea are the “team to beat” in the competition this season.

Thomas Tuchel’s men began defence of their title with a 1-0 win over home to Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

PSG travel to Club Brugge in Group A on Wednesday.

Pochettino’s men are tipped as one of the favourites to win the Champions League after the arrival of Lionel Messi.

But Pochettino said Chelsea’s spending makes them the most dangerous team.

“It’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads.

“But Chelsea are the holders so they’re the team to beat especially after strengthening their squad,” Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday,” he said.

Chelsea re-signed Romelu Lukaku for £97.5 million and added midfielder Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid, while PSG signed Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos on free transfers.

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