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‘Best Team in Europe’ Man City Head Champions League Odds
Will the the 2019-20 season finally be the one in which Manchester City are able to convert their stellar domestic form into their first Champions League trophy? writes Nick Dorrington.
Man City have won the Premier League in each of the last two seasons, and in terms of consistently excellent performances, have probably been the best team in Europe in that time. But their two Champions League campaigns have both ended at the quarter-final stage.
The leading British online bookmakers have City as the pre-tournament favourites in the Champions League odds, but history suggests that progress deep into the competition may depend on them avoiding fellow English sides. Liverpool eliminated them in 2017-18 and Tottenham Hotspur did so last season. Their semi-final run in 2015-16, before Pep Guardiola’s arrival, remains their best in the competition.
Liverpool are the Champions League holders after defeating Spurs in last season’s final in Madrid. They just about sneaked through from a tough group before defeating Bayern Munich, Porto and Barcelona en route to the final. They had been losing finalists the year before, suggesting that backing them to go far again represents a fairly safe bet.
All four of the English clubs who qualified for last year’s competition reached the last eight. City, Spurs and Liverpool again look well-placed to do so, but it remains to be seen whether a slightly weakened Chelsea side, winners of the Europa League last season, can join them under their inexperienced head coach Frank Lampard.
Elsewhere, the usual suspects appear towards the top of the bookmakers’ rankings in the Champions League betting odds. After three consecutive quarter-finals exits, Barcelona made the final four last season and have strengthened their squad ahead of the new season. Real Madrid, the most successful team in the history of the competition, and winners of four of the five finals prior to that of last season, are in a less stable position but have enough quality potentially to overcome that.
Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain also feature. Bayern’s last-16 exit to Liverpool last season was their worst Champions League performance in eight years, and even in the midst of a slightly awkward renovation of the squad, they will expect to go further this time out. It remains to be seen how Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo will adapt to Maurizio Sarri’s systemised attacking approach. PSG seemingly remain incapable of deep progress.
Atletico Madrid have undergone a complete rebuild over the summer, with a number of stalwarts of their starting XI departing for one reason or another. They can be expected to improve as the season goes on. If they can make it through to the knockout stages, something they failed to do a couple of seasons back, they might just have an outside shot.
Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Inter Milan are three more sides who fit into the category of potential dark horses. All have bolstered their squads over the summer and have the necessary individual and collective talents to give any of the favourites in the bookies’ Champions League odds a good game. With favourable draws, Lyon, RB Leipzig or Valencia could also put a good run together.
Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen are unlikely to be serious contenders down the final stretch, but they both play attractive football that should produce some open and entertaining matches during the group stage and might even see one or the other of them sneak through to the knockout stages.
Ajax was the surprise story of last season’s Champions League. They were the first side from outside the big-five European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) to reach the final four since PSV Eindhoven did so in 2005. Unsurprisingly, a couple of their key players have since moved on to bigger clubs. The chances of a repeat performance are slim.
Indeed, it is difficult to see a viable contender from outside the major leagues in this year’s competition. Ajax invested in a few older heads in order to have one good go at the Champions League while their impressive batch of youngsters were all still together. No team this time around can boast that same potent mix of talent and experience.
Zenit Saint-Petersburg and Shakhtar Donetsk, the reigning champions of Russia and Ukraine respectively, have both reached the knockout rounds more than once in recent Champions League campaigns. Both have enough talent to replicate those performances this time around, even though it is unlikely either will match Shakhtar’s run to the last eight in 2011. Portuguese champions Benfica are in a similar position.
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