Candidates for the Uefa Champions League

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The Champions League is back. Since the draw for the group stage took place last Thursday, the tournament is officially due to begin. And this year the group stage will be held faster than ever, with the approaching start of the World Cup, which is less than three months away. The season usually starts in mid-September and ends in early December. This year begins on September 6, but will end a whole month earlier than usual, on November 2, to make room for the main football event that is scheduled for this year.

As always happens in the Champions League (this year is no exception), at least one or two groups are crowded with well-known teams, and given that only two of the four qualify for the play-off stage, this will inevitably leave at least a couple of fans of larger clubs in general disappointed, since elimination will never happen. is an acceptable destination for these historically successful franchises. And there are also clubs that are legitimate contenders for the title and will go all the way.

So, without further ado, here is our list of the main contenders for the title and the greats who will disappoint.

The top 3 contenders for the Champions League title (in no particular order)
1. Manchester City
There is no such club as Man City. Despite the fact that they released key players such as Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko, they managed to keep most of their key players in De Bruyne, Gundogan, Rodri, Silva, Walker and goalkeeper Ederson, and they remain a team that needs to be beaten in England. Not to mention that they have become champions of the 4th Premier League in the last 5 seasons.

The only drawback of Pep in this club: he did not win the Champions League. However, it was never about talent. It seems like it’s only a matter of time for them to get that last remaining silverware, which they will add to their trophy set with Guardiola. And with the addition of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland this year, they have added one of the most elite scorers in the world and perhaps the not found element to win it all.

2. Real Madrid
In no matter should you include meringue in this list. Yes, they have players like Courtois, Alaba, Modric, Benzema and so on. Yes, they have a relatively simple group in which they have to win all 6 matches. Yes, they have an inspiration like Ancelotti at the helm. But forget about all this. Not only are they the reigning champions, but these players have found a way to win this tournament 5 out of the last 9 years. Can you understand the level of difficulty and endurance required to win half the titles in a decade, competing with the strongest clubs in the world? There is nothing like that. They have literally cracked the code of the Champions League, and no doubt we can expect them to do it again this year.

3. Paris Saint-Germain
Another club that has never won this trophy. But there’s a first time for everything, right? They lured Juventus into their group, which I don’t expect to be a big problem given the reorganization/rebuilding process they are going through. Their league is one of the least difficult, and they have one of the best giants’ strikes in the history of football with Messi, Mbappe and Neymar, not to mention the leadership of Sergio Ramos, who has repeatedly won this cup. For your information, they have scored at least 5 goals in each of their first three matches this season.

1. Inter Milan
They are part of this year’s group of passed away along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Victoria Pilsen. It’s not that they don’t have the necessary talent with Lautaro, Lukaku, Brozovic and these bad guys. In fact, in almost any other group, they would be favorites to move on. But in this matter, they will never finish above Bayern; and as for Barca, the addition of Lewandowski gives this club too much rude dimension, after all, it’s too much for a Serie A team. Inter is just an outsider.

2. Juventus
Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season is a bit like a coin flip. He has capable players in Di Maria and Vlahovic up front, Locatelli and Cuadrado in the middle, Bonucci and Sandro at the back. They have talent combined with experience, and the fact that Serie A is so inconsistent sometimes makes them legitimate rivals in the national league. However, the Champions League is a completely different story, and the fact that they are competing with Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica makes them feel disappointed. Benfica somehow finds a way to consistently pass the group stage and participated in last year’s group, in which Barca was eliminated. Signora Vecchia are strong candidates to stay in this.

3. Ajax
The biggest club in Dutch football, obviously, will lose to Liverpool and must crash into the wall when they meet with Napoli. Despite Ajax being the Eredivisie champion for the last 4 consecutive seasons, Napoli have won 24 matches in the last two seasons, and last year drew with the 2nd best overall defense, conceding just one goal.The best. Not only that, but also that they were legitimate contenders for the Serie A title, taking 3rd place in the La Liga table. Given the huge difference in the competition of the Italians (despite their inconsistencies) compared to the Dutch, Napoli should have the advantage of allowing them to take second place, leaving Ajax to lick their wounds on the way to the Europa League playoffs.

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