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What are the rivals that Messi could face for being second in their group?

The French team was second in their zone and now they could meet a title candidate in the next phase.

Lionel Messi, PSG
Lionel Messi, PSG

The great objective of Paris Saint-Germain this season is to achieve the long-awaited Champions League. It is the trophy that is missing in the large showcase of the French and that became an obsession for the club. That is why, year after year, they strengthened with everything and for this campaign they added neither more nor less than Lionel Messi.

However, this Wednesday they suffered a setback in search of meeting that goal: they lost 2-1 against Manchester City and were second in their zone. In the second round they will collide with some of the leaders of the other groups.

In the round of 16, Mauricio Pochettino's team could meet some of the cuckoos and great candidates to win the title. One of the most feared is Bayern Munich, who dominated the area they shared with Barcelona, Benfica and Dinamo Kiev. In the absence of a date, they won all their matches, scored 19 goals and only received three goals against. The Bavarians already gave Leo a hard blow when he played for Barsa: the historic 8-2 in the 2019/20 season.

Another tough rival could be Liverpool: like Bayern, Jurgen Klopp's men also won all their matches and that they are in an area with heavy vehicles like Simeone's Atlético de Madrid and Milan and Porto. The Reds dominated at will what for many was the Group of Death of this Champions League.

In addition, being second in their group, PSG will define the round of 16 as a visitor and cannot be played by City or a team from France. Among the other leaders, Manchester United stands out, who won their zone in the absence of a date. If the destiny decides, there may be a Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo in the next round of the Orejona. The good news for Leo and company is that the Red Devils are not in a great moment despite their classification.

Champions League: Which teams are already ranked first?

- Manchester City

- Liverpool

- Ajax

- Bayern Munich

Champions League: Which teams could finish ranked first?

- Real Madrid

- Inter

- Villarreal

- Manchester United

- Lille

- Salzburgo

- Chelsea

- Juventus

Alexis Almosnino

Digital Sports Journalist received at the university Tea & Deportea in 2016. Specialized in graphic media.+ info

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