The ultimate spherical of group stage matches in Champions League soccer is over and the competitors has heated up in Europe with 16 groups continuing to the knockout stage of the cup.
We are going to analyse the highest three contenders to win the trophy this season primarily based on their efficiency till now.
1) FC Barcelona
The Spanish membership has been thought of one of many favourites to win the trophy this season like yearly merely due to the combo of younger and skilled expertise current within the group.
Furthermore, the presence of the best participant of all time – Lionel Messi – within the membership makes it far simpler for Barcelona to create possibilities, rating free-kicks, curl the balls and dribble previous all the opposing group to attain the purpose.
The league leaders in Spain have proven sturdy performances even within the Champions League with the Catalan membership having received 4 out of six matches within the group stage, drawing the opposite two.
The group has a second highest tally of 117 pictures fired, behind solely the 120 pictures of Actual Madrid. The group additionally scored 14 targets in all matches within the group stage which demonstrated the shape they’re on this season.
Gamers like Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Malcom have been extremely promising this season and the Champions League expertise of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergi Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique present them a big likelihood to safe the trophy.
The only concern for Barcelona will comprise the defending division the place the group wants to enhance in the event that they wish to be up towards this fierce competitors in Europe. If Barcelona may overcome their quarter-final curse within the Champions League and present some power within the away video games, it’s a implausible alternative for them to get one other treble.
Juventus has inevitably been a specialist within the Champions League soccer with the Italian membership having performed two finals – within the 2015 and 2017 seasons – however dropping each towards Spanish giants Barcelona and Actual Madrid respectively.
The group obtained a large enhance this season with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid. The Portuguese man has been in nice type this season having scored 12 targets in Serie A to take a seat second on the general listing. Although he has been quiet within the Champions League till now, his previous file exhibits that he has at all times silenced his critics within the knockout phases of the cup.
Juventus may not have carried out to the expectations with 4 wins and two losses within the group stage however the membership can flip over the shape with the likes of Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Mandzukic, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini within the group.
Juve will certainly miss their longtime legend Gianluigi Buffon within the goalkeeper place however wanting on the stats within the house league – and the latest file of the membership within the Champions League – they’ll certainly get the glory within the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid the place the finals will likely be performed this season.
three) Manchester Metropolis
It may be towards some picks to incorporate Manchester Metropolis within the prime three however Pep Guardiola’s group has been enjoying essentially the most inventive soccer within the final two seasons. The group is doing properly in all its departments and witnessing the tempo, passing, urgent, tackling, lengthy passes, by balls, it’s tough to not embrace the English group within the contenders’ listing.
The group has carried out decently within the group stage having received 4 matches, drawn one and misplaced one. The group additionally has scored 16 targets in all matches, subsequent to 17 targets of the PSG membership. Metropolis additionally fired 111 pictures in complete, rating third within the listing after Actual Madrid and Barcelona.
Manchester Metropolis may not have received any Champions League trophy till now however the domination they’ve proven within the English League can encourage them to bear the shape in different competitions too.
Pep and the group will likely be merely hoping that they don’t face their house league rivals and present desk leaders Liverpool who’ve outplayed them of their each assembly within the English League and former yr’s Champions League.