German Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility that his team, Liverpool, will be favorites for the Champions League this season, and repeat the achievement of last season.
The German coach indicated that it is difficult to expect the most prominent candidate to be crowned in the Champions League, with a large number of strong teams in the round of 16 of the tournament, which will start next Tuesday. European, according to the “Guardian”.
The club nominated 5 European teams to win the tournament, and its nominations did not include Real Madrid, who has won the tournament 4 times in the last 6 seasons.
Klopp said: “Juventus was my favorite candidate before the start of the season, but it is clear that I do not watch Italian football enough because I cannot understand why they did not advance ten points at the top of the first division … they have the biggest squad I’ve ever seen. Excellent players, It’s crazy. ”
He added: “The Bayern Munich squad is also huge, and Paris Saint-Germain is amazing when all players are physically prepared, and you can never exclude Barcelona, and let’s not forget Manchester City because the Champions League will be one of their great goals.”
Liverpool is facing its “stubborn” opponent, Atletico Madrid, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, next Tuesday.
Klopp said: “I have no idea if we are going to get away in this year’s championship, but there is no reason to think about this now because all we have to do is focus on Atletico Tuesday.”
He added: “What we showed last season in the Champions League is that we are able to defeat the best in Europe, this does not mean that we will do it again, but it means we are able to.”
Liverpool won its sixth Champions League title, last season, after crossing from Barcelona in the semi-finals, then defeating Tottenham in the final, 2-0.