Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has tipped Paris Saint-Germain as favourites to progress from their blockbuster Champions League tie against Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants have endured a difficult campaign, sitting 19 points behind Barca in LaLiga, but are in the last 16 in the Champions League.
Zinedine Zidane’s men are aiming to win the European crown for a third straight year and host PSG in their first leg on Wednesday.
Xavi, the Barcelona great who won the Champions League four times, said while he expected an improved Madrid, Ligue 1 leaders PSG deserved favouritism.
“I think PSG are a spectacular team that are made to win the Champions League,” he told RMC.
“But it is not good to face Madrid at the moment. It will be a very strong tie, although I think the favourite is PSG, because of their form.
“This is a semi-final, not last 16. There was no luck in the draw.
“Everyone knows that Madrid has the DNA of victory and more in this competition. Sooner or later, PSG will win the Champions League.
“But Madrid will show their best in the Champions League because, as I said, they have the DNA of the victories, especially in the Champions League.
“PSG is more favoured, but I am sure that Real will show their best.”Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN