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Barcelona and Real Madrid desperate to avoid Manchester City in the Champions League, says Paul Merson

Manchester City are among the favourites to win the Champions League (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona and Real Madrid are desperate to avoid Manchester City in the Champions League, former Arsenal star Paul Merson has said.

After winning five of their six group games to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, City thrashed Basel 4-0 on Tuesday evening as Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their incredible form.

Manchester City have pulled 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, scoring a staggering 79 goals from 27 games so far during the 2017-18 campaign.