5 Teams Expected to Win the UCL
Top 5 Candidates to Vie for the UCL Trophy
The Champions League is usually contested by the best of the best in Europe, and this year should be considered no different.
The teams that played well last year are doing the same again now as they have most of their players intact with the addition of new and exciting talent. These guys have immediately come in to help their team improve defensively and offensively, making the coach’s job a lot easier.
Even though there are quite a few teams that deserve the attention, there are only select bunch that can actually go all the way to win the title. These teams are stacked in every single position and have the coaches that can lead them all the way. There are ways to defeat them, but if those cannot be learned, they will end up winning.
The UCL is the most popular club soccer event in Europe as well as the world. It is watched by everyone who is a soccer fan and for a very good reason: it is the most popular sport.
Most people who disrespect soccer think of it as a bunch of whiners kicking a ball around. What they neglect to understand is the fact that it takes excessive physical energy as it requires players to run at least eight miles a game in addition to being burnt out mentally. With only shin guards to protect the legs, everything else is open for contact which could truly be dangerous.
The point of that little bit is simple: soccer is harder than it looks and is adored by all in Europe. Maybe the time has come for the American people to learn to do the same.
Read on if you wish to take a closer look at the top 5 teams expected to go all the way.
The team has not played in a final since 2011, when they defeated Manchester United for the second time in three seasons. That was during a time when they were virtually and physically unstoppable. Now, they are having trouble keeping their team intact.
Their star player, Leo Messi, has been out injured, thus, missing their last outing in the competition. They ended up losing 2-1 at Ajax, as the team seemed depleted without his leadership on the field. However, once he returns from injury, they will be able to find their groove again, but they will only be able to make it as far as the semifinals, that is if they can get past the likes of Bayern Munich who destroyed them a year ago by an aggregate score of 7-0.
4. Borussia Dortmund
These guys lost in heartbreaking fashion in the final to a team who experienced the same feat a year prior, Bayern Munich. They lost thanks to a goal from Arjen Robben in the final minutes. However to be fair, they were outplayed for most of that match.
Now, a year later, they will look to bounce back from that by making yet another appearance in the final, but this time they will look to win it all. Honestly, they will be unable to do so if they meet Bayern Munich again or if they face the likes of Real Madrid who are actually finding their stride in perfect time.
This team upset the finalists, Borussia Dortmund, by a score of 1-0 in Germany the last time they met. The team has a new-found energy and confidence about them that has not been present since the seasons between 2004-2006. They have the same coach, Arsene Wenger, who is instilling the same attacking style, but he has switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation which allows them to use their speed on the counter while also focusing on the defensive end of the game.
This team can go all the way to the quarters or semis, but they will not win it all unless they ride lady luck all the way through. They will beat some good teams at least once, but will unable to outlast them over two legs.
2. Real Madrid
This team lost in the semis last year to Borussia Dortmund. They are a bit more talented this year as they do have a new coach, Carlo Ancelotti. He believes in an attacking style of soccer which allows his boys to bombard the frame of opponents around the continent.
Their problem is that if they do trail in big games, they automatically get nervous and commit a bunch of errors in crunch time on both ends of the field that end up costing them dearly. Once they get past this part of their game, they will be able to bounce back and perhaps win it all.
1. Bayern Munich
This team lost in the finals of 2010 and 2012, but the third time was the charm as they won it all this past May against league rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The team played in a 4-2-3-1 under coach Jupp Heynckes. Now, they have switched to a 4-1-4-1 under Pep Guardiola, but their play is still the same: hold onto possession, defend smartly and attack as a team until the ball hits the back of the net.
They have the best chance at winning since they have defeated some of the very best over the past few seasons. If they can go on the same undefeated roll that they are on right now, a repeat is infidelity in the works.