Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino used Juventus and Manchester City as examples of clubs that can’t win the Champions League.
The coach is under fire after fumbling a lead to be eliminated in the Round of 16 by Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid.
Despite spending huge amounts of money and bringing in free agent Lionel Messi, PSG are still getting no closer to the ultimate prize in club football.
However, in defending himself from that criticism, Pochettino pointed to other clubs in a similar position.
“So far, PSG have reached the Champions League semi-final and the final, so it’s part of a process that requires time,” he said in a press conference.
“There are also clubs like Juventus and Manchester City who want to win the Champions League, but they cannot achieve what they are working for.”
Juventus have only ever won the European Cup in 1985 and the Champions League in 1996, despite reaching the Final on nine occasions.
As for Manchester City, they have never managed to lift the Champions League trophy, struggling even during the dominant Premier League era of manager Pep Guardiola.
They came close last season, reaching the Final only to lose against Chelsea.