Iniesta hopes to see Barcelona win a sixth Champions League title in 2019

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta believes the club deserve another Champions League crown, despite the stiff competition

Ernesto Valverde’s side emerged as Group B winners with 14 points from their six games and will take on Lyon in the last-16 stage of the competition next.

And Iniesta, who was the Man of the Match in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 final in Berlin, see a lot of potential in this season’s team as they chase a sixth Champions League.

“I always think they can [win the Champions League],” Iniesta told Sport. “They’re ambitious and with aspirations to win everything.

“After that, there are moments when things can go better or worse.

“This team deserves more Champions Leagues than they have won. I hope this season they take the step forward which has been lacking in recent years.”

Nearly four years later, however, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are now considered big threats for the competition following some star recruits and big investment.

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Due to this, Iniesta expects reaching the final in Madrid will be no easy feat with last season’s runners-up Liverpool also looking good.

“It’s difficult to think that someday they [City and PSG] won’t come close in the Champions League,” added Iniesta.

“The teams they have, their squads, the investments, the coaches… they should be fighting for the trophy.

“I also want to add Liverpool, who are looking good this year.

“The problem with the Champions League is that it’s a really tough tournament. One bad day can knock you out.”

The 34-year-old playmaker has finished his first campaign of Japanese football with Vissel Kobe, where he managed to score three times in 14 appearances.


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