Chelsea are defending champions in the Champions League as the Blues won the competition last season, beating top European sides like Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Manchester City enroute to becoming champions of Europe.
Winning the Champions League is one thing and defending it is another. Only two clubs (Real Madrid and AC Milan) have done it in history and only Real Madrid have done it since it was changed to Champions League.
Former Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hopeful that his current side PSG can win the Champions League, however, he also admits that Chelsea are among the favourites to win the Cup. He didn’t even mention struggling Barcelona in his list.
“It is everyone’s dream to win the Champions League here,” Messi told L’Equipe.
“The club has been working towards this goal for a few years and lately it has been close.
“From a personal point of view it is the same, I would love to win the Champions League, as I said when I was still in Barcelona.
“It is a very good, very difficult competition to win, but I think this group of players has the weapons to win this title.
“It is true that the center of attention is on PSG, but there are other very strong teams, such as Chelsea, the Manchester teams (United and City), Real Madrid, who always responds, Inter Milan, Bayern.
“They are all great teams. We have great individuals, but we still have to know each other well to form a team. To win important titles you have to play as a team.
“That is what makes me say that we are still one step back compared to all these clubs , who have more collective experience than us.”