‘They are NOT at the level to win the Champions League’: Dynamo Kiev boss lays the boot into Ronald Koeman’s under-performing Barcelona as he rules them out as contenders ahead of facing them tonight
- Barcelona have made a slow start to the season under new boss Ronald Koeman
- They take on Dynamo Kiev in a Champions League group game on Wednesday
- Kiev boss Mircea Lucescu doesn’t think they are Champions League contenders
The Ukrainian side travel to Barcelona in their Group G Champions League match on Wednesday night and boss Lucescu clearly does not fear Ronald Koeman’s men.
Lionel Messi and Co have made a poor start to the season with Barcelona struggling for form
Koeman admitted he was concerned with his misfiring attackers after Saturday’s draw with Deportivo Alaves and Kiev coach Lucescu has laid the boot into Barcelona’s under-performing stars by insisting they are not good enough to venture far in the Champions League.
On the eve of facing them, he said: ‘After the game against Bayern Munich it was understandable that Barcelona were looking to make changes.
‘They have a squad with very talented players, but they need time to learn the mechanisms.
Dynamo Kiev boss Mircea Lucescu has ruled Barca out as Champions League contenders
‘I don’t think Barcelona are at the level to win the Champions League at the moment. Bayern Munich, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain have more options.
‘In any case, they have a footballer in Lionel Messi, who can be very important. A new coach needs a minimum of six months and in spring they will be another team
Lucescu may not see Barcelona as European contenders but his Kiev side will have it all to on Wednesday as the LaLiga giants have not lost a group stage game in 22 matches.
Under Ronald Koeman, Barcelona have equalled their worst start to a LaLiga campaign