Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman believes his side is not among the favourites to win this season’s Champions League with the Catalans having made a stuttering start to the new season.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Hungarian team Ferencvaros in his outfit’s Champions league Group G opener, Koeman played down media talk that the Catalans could be European champions.

“When you’re at Barcelona you always want to be there fighting for trophies, be it in La Liga or Europe. We aren’t the favourites, but we can go far,” he told a news conference.

Barca’s recent Champions League failings — they have just one semifinal appearance since last winning the competition in 2015 — were cited by many as talisman Lionel Messi’s main reason for attempting to leave the Camp Nou during the latest transfer window.

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