After the Champions League group stages draw, we now have more of a sense of the main competitors for this seasons competition. Here are the candidates that could make a run at the title.
Atalanta have proved themselves as a dangerous club in Europe who could face any team and keep the game close. With an attractive style of play, and a strong team attacking-wise, the Italian club looks good this season. However, without much depth, or the ability to count on someone to win games for them, it’s difficult to see them make it past the quarter-finals this season.
After a busy summer transfer window, Chelsea look like a reinvented squad with potential to be great. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Edouard Mendy were all notable signings for the blues. Despite this, it’s unsure if the team can properly gel together under Frank Lampard, who hasn’t proved himself as a great manager.
8. Atletico Madrid
After signing Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, the Colchoneros look vey good. A potentially deadly duo between him, and Joao Felix could become one of the best in Europe. After a disappointing end to their Champions League campaign, ending the season with a loss to RB Leipzig in the quarter finals, Atletico Madrid will hope to regain their confidence.
After an embarrassing 8-2 loss to champions Bayern Munich, FC. Barcelona will hope to forget about that with a run at the title. Although the likes of Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, and Ansu Fati will all surely cause massive problems for their opponents, it seems too difficult for a team that has dealt with so many problems over the summer to bounce back so well. Homegrown legend, and captain Lionel Messi, who Barca has depended on in recent years has expressed a clear lack of interest in playing in the red and blue any longer, which will surely affect the rest of the players. Barca will need to see a big change in the club if they want to win the competition this season.
6. Real Madrid
Real Madrid are coming back to the Champions League after winning the Spanish league over FC. Barcelona. They will be hoping players like Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo can have breakout seasons this year. If they can, they could put an end to Real Madrid’s lack of star power on offense since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago. However, if their young stars struggle to play well, Karim Benzema will have trouble leading the offense on his own. Additionally, Belgium winger will need to begin getting back to the rhythm he had at Chelsea. After a year at the club, he is yet to score a single goal in a competitive game for the Galacticos. If, however, he can star producing goals, this could be great season for Real Madrid.
5. Paris Saint Germain
After making it to the Champions League finals, then barely losing it to Bayern Munich, PSG could come back stronger and find themselves in a similar position to last season. However, since the beginning of the season, they have struggled to play well, losing 2 of their last 5 games, which is rather uncharacteristic of them. Despite this, the French champions are hoping the Neymar and Kylian Mbappe duo can finally bring them Champions League glory.
4. Manchester City
Following a disappointing end to their Champions League campaign, with a loss to underdogs Lyon, the Cityzens are looking to win their first European Cup. Despite the likes of Lionel Messi, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Lautoro Martinez rumored to join Manchester City, none eventually signed. Manchester City still have issues at the back with Aymeric Laporte struggling with injuries, as well as a lack of defensive players with Champions League experience. However, players like Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Gabriel Jesus will be hoping to break-through this season. If these unlikely heroes can consistently play successfully, the Cityzens will have plenty to look forward to.
After the hiring of Andrea Pirlo, and the multitude of signings so far, Juventus looks very impressive. After only 2 games, the new players seem to have already eased into life in the black and white. Cristiano Ronaldo looks ready for business and after a long wait, Juventus may have a golden opportunity at the trophy they’ve been waiting for, for years. However, the squad holds many inconsistent players including Paolo Dybala, Alex Sandro, and Arthur, along with others. If Juventus want to win the Champions League this season, they’ll need to cut out the inconsistencies and make sure all players are always playing at their best.
After winning the Premier League last season, as well as signing midfield maestro Thiago, Liverpool look set to challenge for the title. Liverpool were very conservative throughout the transfer window, after allowing none of their bigger players to leave. Now, with the recent additions of Thiago, Diego Jota, and Kostas Tsimikas, the Reds have much more depth. However, Liverpool’s defense has looked weak so far this season, conceding 11 goals in their first 4 games. Additionally, they are coming off an incredibly embarrassing performance against Aston Villa, ending the game with a 7-2 loss. If Liverpool can overcome their defensive woes, this could be a massive year for the reigning Premier League champs.
1. Bayern Munich
The 2019/20 Champions League winners are back and better than ever. Although they lost Spanish midfielder Thiago to Liverpool, they’ve added depth to their squad and look determined to win their second title in a row. A most notable signing is certainly left-winger Leroy Sane. Sané is one of the fastest players in Europe, and is a wonderful addition to this already extremely talented side. Bayern have looked strong so far this season, despite a surprising loss to Hoffenheim, which ended 4-1. If Bayern Munich are anything near to what they were last season, it will be a tremendous task for any team to stop them.