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Louis van Gaal: Why Liverpool are more of a team than City & Barcelona

By Harry Edwards

Published: 20:44, 28 March 2019

Liverpool are more of a team than Manchester City and Barcelona, according to former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently top of the Premier League, though have played a game more than rivals Manchester City. The Reds are also in the Champions League quarter-finals and have a favourable tie against Porto, who they beat 5-0 on aggregate last season.

Are Liverpool better than Man City and Barcelona? Five key things to know…

  1. Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona make up three of the eight Champions League quarter-finalists this season.
  2. The Reds face Porto, Manchester City take on Tottenham Hotspur while Barcelona must go up against Manchester United.
  3. And while Barcelona are deemed favourites, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal disagrees.
  4. The Dutchman believes Liverpool and Man City are better than the Spanish giants.
  5. And despite believing Liverpool have the advantage over Man City, Van Gaal has backed the latter to go all the way to the final.

Should Liverpool wish to go all the way to win a sixth Champions League trophy, they will likely have to face Barcelona and Manchester City – with the former a potential semi-final opponent should they beat Manchester United.

And while Barcelona have been made favourites to win the Champions League, Van Gaal disagrees.

“People think Barcelona are the best but they are not,” he told the BBC.

“Manchester City and Liverpool are more of a team than Barcelona – and Liverpool are more of a team than City.”

Van Gaal went on to risk the wrath of Manchester United fans by naming the team he wants to win the Champions League.

He added: “In my philosophy the best team shall win but I hope for City because they play the best football.”

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Who has the best chance of winning the Champions League?

For Van Gaal to get his wishes of Manchester City winning the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s side must first get past a tough all-Premier League tie.

The defending Premier League champions were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals, with the winners then facing either Juventus or Ajax.

While Liverpool have the more favourable quarter-final draw against Porto. The Reds will then need to beat either Manchester United or Barcelona if they hope to reach a second consecutive Champions League final.

And for Barcelona, it’s a similarly difficult route. First up is a revived Manchester United with Liverpool or Porto awaiting the winner.