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Manchester United vs Barcelona: Mauricio Pochettino supports the Liga champions to beat United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Mauricio Pochettino says that Barcelona will have the advantage in his long-awaited Champions League quarter-finals against Manchester United and supported the Spanish club to lift the title for the sixth time.

The United States regained their verve under the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took the place of Jose Mourinho in December, and led the club to 14 wins in 19 games.

Pochettino, however, believes that United still has a lot of work to do to compete with Barcelona, ​​which has 10 points ahead of the Liga.

"If c & # 39; is a favorite team to win the Champions League, it is Barcelona", said the former boss Espanyol Pochettino. "(Ernesto) Valverde is doing a great job, they have extraordinary level players, and then they have Lionel Messi.

"I think the Manchester United Team that was built in the last few years has been built to win big things, but I think that Barcelona is a step higher than Manchester United."

The Spurs will face the quarters of Manchester City's Premier League in the quarter-finals, with Pochettino indicating that the England champions Pep Guardiola have been built to win the European elite trophy.

"It is clear that Manchester City is a team designed to win and with the obligation to win," he added.

"We will try to compete, we know that in short tournaments the training of the team at that time is very important, we have the incentive that we have a new stadium and we will play with 62,000 spectators, which will create a special energy . "

Tottenham will complete the move to their new 62,000-seat stadium before hosting City on April 9th.

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