Arsene Wenger names his two favourites for the Champions League ahead of restart
Arsene Wenger has labelled Manchester City and PSG as his two Champions League favourites despite picking holes in the Parisians.
Europe’s elite club competition will restart next week when City look to progress past Real Madrid.
Several clubs still have last 16 ties to finish off after Covid-19 bought the season to a halt in March.
But with a host of quality teams still remaining Wenger believes either the French champions or Pep Guardiola’s side are best suited to lift the trophy in Lisbon.
He told Europe1 : “I think that there is an overall fall in the European level of very, very, very high level and that they are still among the two, three best in Europe.
“For me, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the two favorites (of the Champions League) on their potential”
City have struggled to make inroads since Guardiola took over with two last eight appearances their best showing to date.
The Catalan has twice won the competition with Barcelona but is looking to recognise the dreams of the Etihad hierarchy.
PSG themselves have found success on Europe’s biggest stage hard to come by despite also being blessed with millions courtesy of their Qatari owners.
Thomas Tuchel is now at the helm and the Ligue 1 side have been handed a more favouralne draw on paper in the shape of Italian minnows Atlanta.
But Wenger does not believe the current PSG outfit are as polished as they were several years ago.
He added: “Afterwards, when you play in a match against Atlético Madrid (potential opponent of PSG in the semi-finals) or against Atalanta, anything can happen.
“I honestly find them a little less strong than they were 3-4 years ago. In the overall structure, they were perhaps a little more complete 3-4 years ago, at all times. The competition (within the team) was also stronger.”