PSG Boss Mauricio Pochettino Names The ‘Team To Beat’ In The Champions League This Season

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PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has named Chelsea as 'the team to beat' in this season's Champions League.

The French giants are considered to be the favourites for the crown this year but Pochettino believes Thomas Tuchel's side are not to be discounted.

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"It's possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads," the former Tottenham boss said, as quoted by Football 365. "But Chelsea are the holders so they're the team to beat especially after strengthening their squad.

We're not a team yet. We are a club that has recruited many players this summer. There are some big names but we have to turn into a team. We know that we'll be judged at the end of the season on our results.

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The pressure is there for all the clubs and we know that for a number of years the Champions League is PSG's main objective."

Pochettino's men head to Bruges tomorrow night for their first match of the tournament. Having lost in last year's final to Bayern Munich, the Argentinian believes his squad are capable of making the next step but says they need some good fortune along the way.

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"We think that all the players can be compatible, that we can create a really good group to work with," the 49 year old told UEFA. "This is a really (unpredictable) competition but one of the most attractive in the world to play. However, you need to be lucky (to win it). Because all the teams participating in the Champions League are strong, and all over Europe- England, Spain, Italy, even Germany and also France- great investments have been made to be able to win it.

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There isn't anything better than being part of it. When the staff think about this (competition), we always say that we have the responsibility, the pressure, but we are also the ones that have the chance to be part of history, to live this experience and we are going to enjoy it."

The Parisians will hope they can take their outstanding start to their Ligue 1 campaign into tomorrow night's fixture and launch a strong bid for their first ever Champions League trophy.

James Aldred

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