The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious European club football competition, including some of Europe’s greatest clubs.
Every player aspires to participate in the Champions League, but only a select handful are able to achieve their ambitions. The Champions League has a level of competition unlike any other and winning it is considered one of a player’s career highlights.
As is the case every year, the event features some of the top players representing some of the world’s most prestigious clubs. To that end, here are the five teams with the best chances of winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
Chelsea hasn’t been at their best in the group stages this season, despite being the current holders of the prized tournament. Although it’s confident in their ability to advance to the quarterfinals against Lille, we do not believe they have the quality to advance much farther in the competition. It depends on who they face in the quarterfinals, but the smooth functionality from the previous season hasn’t been preserved.
Romelu Lukaku’s attitude towards his new club has been a source of contention, and his scoring prowess this season has been far from typical of him.
They breezed through the group stages, winning all six, including against AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, two top-tier clubs. Liverpool has thus far been exposed to challenging opponents and hostile environments in the competition, and it is safe to say they have triumphed.
Liverpool has been a formidable attacking force this season, thanks mainly to Egyptian King Mohamed Salah, who has probably been Europe’s finest player this season, with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema a close second. Salah is having a good time scoring, assisting, and creating. And this season may be his last chance to win the prize.
3. Real Madrid
Real Madrid, the thirteen-time champions of club football’s Holy Grail, will only finish third. There are other compelling reasons. To begin with, Real Madrid was placed in an easy group, with just Inter standing out as a worthy adversary. One heroic upset occurred in the group, courtesy of FC Sheriff, but Champions League upsets are to be expected.
Inter Milan could not have been half the opponent for Real Madrid in that easy group, which is why no one can bet on Los Blancos having already shown themselves against challenging opponents in the competition.
2. Manchester City
Last season, Manchester City should have won the competition. When they faced Chelsea in the finals, they had the best opportunities. However, Pep Guardiola’s mismanagement of the game meant that the Sky Blues would remain without the coveted trophy in their trophy cabinet. Things are going their way this season; they’ve played in Champions League finals before, and a tactically astute coach like Pep Guardiola will have his own notes on how not to set up his players in a final.
The Citizens have an outstanding midfield, a deep team, talented young players, and a fantastic coach in Pep Guardiola.
1. Bayern Munich
The team with the strongest prospects of winning the Champions League this season is the German Giant, FC Bayern Munich. Bayern is fired up, especially after Robert Lewandowski was denied his first Ballon d’Or by Lionel Messi, who wasn’t a better contender than the Polish goal machine. Lewandowski will be looking for atonement in all forms, and winning the most coveted club championship would significantly boost. His closest rival, Karim Benzema, will also have a decent chance of winning something with France.
Bayern hasn’t lost a single game in the group stages this season, as is the case every season.