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Vulnerable Real Madrid Have Drifted in Champions League Odds
Real Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons but have slipped down the bookies’ rankings to hold onto the trophy following a patchy first half of the campaign, writes Nick.
Madrid are the most successful team in the history of the competition and have reached at least the last four in each of the last seven seasons. They have lifted the trophy in three of the last four and always seem capable of raising their level on European nights.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have, however, dropped a number of points in their domestic league so far this season and only finished second in their Champions League group. That has led to a last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain that will provide a very stiff test of their credentials.
Madrid and rivals Barcelona have lifted the Champions League trophy in six of the last nine seasons and it is therefore unsurprising that Barcelona are considered one of the favourites in the Champions League odds to do so again this time around. The departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain has seen them lose a little of their attacking spark, but new coach Ernesto Valverde has so far found solid solutions. With Lionel Messi on the pitch, they are always capable of a deep run.
With Neymar and former Monaco star Kylian Mbappe now on board, PSG certainly possess a fearsome attack, but it is questionable whether they are a stronger collective proposition than the side who gave up a four-goal first-leg advantage to go out to Barcelona in the round of 16 last season. Progression past Madrid would indicate that perhaps they are.
Last season was the first time in five years that Bayern Munich failed to reach the last four of the Champions League, but they remain a very good side. Early season difficulties led to the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, but their form has picked up sufficiently under Jupp Heynckes (the man who led them to their last UCL success in 2013) to position them amongst the favourites in the Champions League betting odds.
Manchester City have been elevated to the top of some of prices with the best online bookies following an outstanding first half of the season, both domestically and in Europe. Their owners’ continual heavy spending has so far yielded just one semi-final appearance since their return to the competition in 2011, but a favourable round-of-16 draw and their form to date suggests they are capable of at least reaching the last four.
All five of England’s entrants made it out of their groups. After five seasons without an English finalist, newspapers across the continent have taken note of the fact that the financial strength of the Premier League is now beginning to shine through at a European level. While only City seem to be considered one of the outright favourites, all of the English teams represent dangerous opponents.
Tottenham Hotspur showed that during the group stage. They won at home and drew away to Real Madrid and recorded a double over Borussia Dortmund in topping their group. After a poor European campaign last season, increased tactical flexibility has seen them perform much better this time around. They were unfortunate to draw Juventus in the last 16.
Liverpool and Man Utd both received relatively nice draws (against Porto and Sevilla respectively) for that stage and will be confident of progressing. United are the reigning Europa League champions and their more cautious setup makes them a better bet to go on from there to the last four. Chelsea’s failure to win their group saw them paired with Barcelona, which represents a difficult but not insurmountable challenge.
Napoli’s group-stage elimination means that Juventus and Roma are left to fly the Italian flag during the knockout stages. Juventus have reached the final in two of the last three seasons and while they don’t look quite as strong during the current campaign, they have enough quality and tactical acumen to beat any team in the competition over two legs. Roma have a potentially tricky last-16 tie and the quarter-finals are likely to be their limit.
Roma’s first knockout opponents are Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian champions qualified ahead of Napoli in their group, are well-organised under Paulo Fonseca and are capable of upsetting the Champions League odds. They would even make awkward quarter-final opponents for any of the bigger sides if they were to progress.
Basel and Besiktas both did well to get out of their groups, Besiktas as group winners no less. That pair are unlikely to go any further given draws against Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively in the round of 16.