Lionel Messi names four strongest clubs that will fight Barcelona for Champions League trophy

Barcelona chief, Lionel Messi, has named the four “most grounded” clubs that will match Barcelona in the Champions League.

The LaLiga champions play the first leg of their last-16 tie away at Napoli next week, as they look to win the competition for the first time since 2015.

Barca endured sensational defeats in the knockout stages in the previous two seasons against Roma and Liverpool respectively.

Messi is urgent to include a fifth Champions League title to his collection, but accepts other clubs also stand a chance.

“All [the teams] are complicated and difficult.

“Paris went to play Dortmund and lost, Liverpool went to Atletico’s field and lost, however I think, that way and everything, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris and Madrid are the most grounded today,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo.