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PSG aren’t one of CL favorites and Messi makes them ‘weaker’ – Owen

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The French powerhouse were denied a victory in their European campaign opener, with their attack looking rather lackluster.

Paris Saint-Germain have become “weaker” after Lionel Messi’s arrival, claims Michael Owen while also suggesting that the Parisian club are not among the favorites to win the Champions League.

A star-studded PSG side couldn’t return with all three points in the bag from their trip to Bruges as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge.

It was expected that Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, who started together for the first time on Wednesday night, would run riot against the Belgian outfit, but their partnership did not click and all three largely struggled to influence the match.

“As much as we drool over them, this PSG team with those forwards, they’re all phenomenal players in their own right,” Owen told BT Sport.

“But three together makes it weaker for me, and I don’t really understand why they’re one of the favorites for it [the Champions League].

“I think the English teams [Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, and Man United] are far, far superior.

“I almost feel as though the signing of the likes of [Gianluigi] Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos gives them more of a chance of winning it than the signing of someone like Messi.”