Speaking to Bundesliga.com, Houllier has said that Bayern are amongst the favourites, and that the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Barcelona will go a long way in the competition.
Ahead of the first leg between Arsenal and the European Champions at the Emirates Stadium, Houllier said the Gunners could be a threat but outlined that Bayern are strong favourites to progress.
‘It may be possible but I don’t think so because Arsenal have a few problems right now. It’s also tough to survive the second leg in the Allianz Arena. It’s extremely difficult to win there, even if Arsenal did that last year and are one of the few clubs who have beaten Bayern. That’s not something that happens often.’
Asked if Bayern can defend their title, the Frenchman said: ‘Bayern certainly have the potential, but it’s a long way to get there. I really like this latest FC Bayern team. Pep Guardiola’s doing a great job.
‘I would say they’re just as good [as last season]. I’m particularly impressed with Thiago Alcantara. He’s technically fantastic, he opens the game up excellently and can read the game very well. He rarely misplaces a pass.’
The former Liverpool boss also thinks that his old skipper from his Anfield days, Sami Hyypia, will have his work cut out as his side face Paris Saint Germain.
‘Bayer have a good team with a great coach who I had as a player at Liverpool, but Paris are simply stronger.’
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