The new UEFA Champions League season will soon start, with millions of fans around the world waiting eagerly for an explosive competition this season.
Teams taking part in the prestigious European competition have bolstered their ranks with big signings, and better preparations, in a bid to launch a better campaign at what’s considered the most important trophy in club football.
Real Madrid will be looking to clinch a sensational fourth consecutive title, although they have to adjust to life without their former manager Zinedine Zidane, who guided them to three consecutive titles. And let’s not forget talisman, five-time Ballon-d’Or winner and star-striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Italian champions Juventus.
They’re tournament favorites along the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Juventus. Even before the group stage shapes up, these teams look to have enough power to make it to the advanced stages of the tournament, given that only one can emerge victors.
The Pep Guardiola factor has cast the limelight on The Citizens as strong favorites to clinch their first ever European title. With some of the best betting houses giving them odds of 11/2, the last season’s quarter-finalists finally look like they could take home their most elusive and coveted trophy.
Guardiola will be looking to build on his success of winning the premier league last season, with a convincing run. This looks more possible than ever since the manager has the experience of past glories with Barcelona and will be eager to emulate the same this season with City.
The presence of Lionel Messi, one of the greatest players to grace the pitch, will always give Barca the fear-factor, making them favorites in all competitions they participate in. According to leads, the Catalan side is 6/1 favorites this season. They last won the title in 2015, after beating Juventus, and with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi captaining the side, a big improvement is expected from the team to match their domestic success.
The recent move of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in a sensational €100 million transfer has sparked the chances of The Old Lady winning the elusive trophy.
The inclusion of the five-time Champions League winner puts the Turin-based Italian champions at odds of 6/1, to launch a successful campaign and with no doubt, the Portugal international will be an instrumental figure in their run-up to glory.
The defending champions have been priced at 13/2, to clinch their fourth consecutive European title a feat that hasn’t been achieved before, but is on their reach even with the departures of Manager Zinedine Zidane and star-man Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Reds were last seasons runners-up, after easing their way up past the likes of Roma, who eliminated Barcelona, and arch-rivals Manchester City.
With odds of 12/1, the Reds could repeat their last campaign run and this time clinch the title, especially after they’ve had a fantastic business in the transfer window, that seems to have plugged in their weak positions, specifically their goalkeeper, who cost them the title in the finals against Real Madrid.