Spain-ALSHARQIYA October 19 : Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman believes that his team is not among the favorites to win the European Champions League football title this season after a shaky start for the Catalan giants in the new season.
Before facing Hungary's Francesváros, on Tuesday, at the opening of his group stage in the Champions League, Coman played down media expectations that Barcelona might be crowned champion of this year's edition of the tournament.
He said in a press conference: Barcelona always competes for titles, whether in the Spanish League or in Europe, but the team is not a candidate this time, although we may reach advanced roles.
Barcelona's failure in the Champions League in recent seasons, where it reached the semi-finals only once since its last victory in the title in 2015, was among the main reasons that experts said was the reason why star Lionel Messi asked to leave the club.
And the Argentine striker expressed his desire to win the European title again and this season may be his last chance to achieve this with Barcelona, as his contract with the team expires next year.