It’s that time of year again, the greatest club competition is back where Europe’s elite battle it out with one team proving to be the best in the world. The last 4 seasons, Spain have dominated the competition having one of their teams in the final and on two occasions, the final being all Spain.
With two match-days over and done with, who has a legitimate shot at winning the UEFA Champions League?
Having never been seen as genuine contenders before, PSG should’ve gone further in last years competition, had it not been for their Camp Nou capitulation and some questionable decisions from the referee. However, the man who turned the game on its head by scoring two and providing the assist for Sergi Roberto’s memorable goal has joined the Parisians, along with Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves. After comfortably seeing off Celtic 0-5 in match-day one, everyone was predicting a close encounter when Bayern Munich were next to play the Ligue 1 outfit. Although the stats say the game was rather close, PSG were clinical and that can be the difference between winning the competition and just making up the numbers.
After securing “La Decima” in 2014 and then winning the Champions League twice since, becoming the first team to win it back-to-back in 2017, they’re a team you’d expect to see in the latter stages of the competition. Blessed with world class players in every position, and after a good, solid win away in Germany Real Madrid looked assured and that will suit them well in the later rounds of the Champions League.
Having had a season off from European duties last term following a shocking 2015/2016 season, Chelsea have come back to the big table with a bang. A dominant 6-0 v Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag FK, people were expecting a very close game when Chelsea travelled to the Spanish capital. With a very good point all but secured, Chelsea snatched it deep into injury time showing they have the ability and character to match Europe’s elite.
After losing Neymar and with an ageing squad, people were predicting a dark, trophy-less era for Barcelona. However, they have made a very impressive start to the season both continentally and domestically, 7 wins from 7 in La Liga and 2 wins from 2 including a win over last years runners up Juventus and with no goals conceded yet in the Champions League, can Barcelona become Europe’s best club again?
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