Barcelona are NOT Champions League contenders, claims Kiev boss

‘Barcelona are NOT at the level to win the Champions League’: Dynamo Kiev boss Mircea Lucescu sticks the boot into Ronald Koeman’s side ahead of facing them tonight and insists they ‘need time to learn’ from new boss

  • 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

Barcelona have been told they are not at the level to win the Champions League by Dynamo Kiev boss Mircea Lucescu as they get set to welcome him to the Nou Camp.

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.

Barcelona have equalled their worst start to a La Liga season with just eight points from six games but have fared better in Europe, sitting top of the group after wins over Ferencvaros and Juventus. 

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 Alaves, which left them languishing in 12th place in LaLiga, 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 do on Wednesday as the LaLiga giants have not lost ny of their last 22 group-stage games. 

Under Ronald Koeman, Barcelona have equalled their worst start to a LaLiga campaign

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