Manchester City backed as favourites to win the Champions League this season

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Paul Merson has backed Manchester City as favourites to win the Champions League this season.

According to Merson, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Barcelona, Liverpool are part of the top five favourites to win the Champions League with Manchester City as no.1 favourites.

Merson told Sportskeeda: “I’ve gone for Manchester City and I do believe they are the best team in world football at the moment. But I do feel like something’s missing there, we’ll just have to see what it is. When it comes to Manchester City and the UEFA Champions League, there is so much pressure on them to win it each year and that could prove to be detrimental to their hopes of eventually doing so.

“In the Premier League, Guardiola and Co. play gung-ho football. They could play someone like Bournemouth on a Saturday evening and smash them 5-0 with their brand of football, but when it gets to the knitty-gritty of the Champions League, they’ll get punished if they play that way, in my opinion.

“Erling Haaland is a fantastic signing and a top goalscorer, but as I said in a few of my earlier columns, his success isn’t as much of a foregone conclusion as others are making it out to be.

“Another potential issue for Manchester City is that they’ve lost both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling and that could turn out to be a massive problem. Add Oleksandr Zinchenko to the list and the Premier League champions are set to be without three key squad players next season, which is not ideal considering the fact that teams will look to have bigger squads this season due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup set to happen in November.

“I have to pick Manchester City as the favorites for the UEFA Champions League this season because of everything they’ve achieved under Pep Guardiola over the years, but it won’t be easy for them.”