Which Teams Are Best Placed To Win The Champion’s League Next Season?

Posted: June 30, 2017 in Arsenal, Champions League, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion
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Here, admittedly before many transfers have been completed, we take a look at who will be among the favourites for the Champion’s League next season.

From Real Madrid through to Manchester United, managers at the top European clubs will be under pressure to deliver silverware at the highest level. They will be expected to mount a domestic title challenge and the elite few will also be expected to mount a challenge for Europe’s top prize.

They could be viewed as a European top six and we fully expect the following clubs to at least reach the quarter finals of the competition:

 

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1. REAL MADRID – Current holders and record number of wins in the tournament. They will probably sign Kylian M’Bappe from Monaco and already have such a strong squad  that they can afford to contemplate letting go of the likes of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez.

They also became the first club to successfully defend the title when they beat Juventus in the last final and there is nothing to suggest that they cannot defend it again, despite having the least experienced manager of these six teams.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 8/10

 

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2. BARCELONA – Have gone off the boil recently and surrendered all their crowns to Real Madrid. This has resulted in Luis Enrique walking away from the manager’s job and the appointment of Ernesto Valverde in his place.

Valverde is a bit of an unknown quantity as he had been coaching Athletic Bilbao and any measure of success he achieved was a few years ago now with Olympiacos in Greece.

However, any team with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr as the three strikers will stand a chance of winning any competition they enter.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 7/10

 

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3. BAYERN MUNICH – Considered themselves unlucky, (some would say cheated), to be eliminated by Real Madrid in the last Champion’s League. The game at the Bernabeu certainly reinforced the need for Video Assisted Refereeing. The problem was that they really lost the tie at home and left themselves with too much to do in the away leg.

Bayern are another team not showing many signs of bringing in new players although there is plenty of time for that to change and, with Carlo Ancelotti in charge and a number of world class players at their disposal they can never be written off.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 7/10

 

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CHELSEA – The current English champions will, more than likely, sign a player or two during this window. They have a squad good enough to reach the latter stages of the Champion’s League, the question is whether or not they have the depth if any injuries or suspensions are suffered

Having spent a season away from European competition it will be interesting to see how they adapt to the two games per week expected of them as a successful team and also how Antonio Conte changes his tactical approach for the difficult away games.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 6/10

 

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MANCHESTER CITY – Pep Guardiola won the Champion’s League twice whilst manager of Barcelona but failed to repeat the achievement during his two years with Bayern Munich.

He now sees Manchester City as a longer term project than his former clubs but he will only be allowed time if he starts to win trophies reasonably quickly.

His speed in signing new players suggests that he really wants to win something next season and this ambition alone gives him a very good chance.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 7/10

 

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MANCHESTER UNITED – Managed by another who has won the trophy twice before. José Mourinho won the Champion’s League with Porto and then again with Inter Milan.

There are many similarities with Guardiola over at City. He needs to challenge for the major trophies reasonably quickly and will be given millions to back his pursuit of them. He is signing players as quickly as possible and he sees the United job as a long term project rather than a short term fix.

Having won three “minor” trophies in his first season he needs to improve the squad in all the right places and then he will stand a chance of doing very well next time out.

WSA chance of winning the trophy – 7/10

We completely reserve the right to change our minds at any time between now and the end of the transfer window as any of the above teams could sign game-changing players and make these predictions look as unrealistic as they probably are.

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Comments
  1. jomki says:

    Real Madrid are likely to defend the title

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  2. REdMe says:

    I must agree with WSA but in my heart I want to say Manchester United will win the next champions league.

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