Real Madrid will begin their journey for an 11th Champions League title on Sept. 16 against FC Basel. Along with Basel, the reigning champs were also put in a group that features English side Liverpool and Bulgarian side Ludogorets.
For Madrid, winning the group should not be a difficult task. The only side that could give Madrid a challenge would be Liverpool. With the signing of Mario Balotelli, Liverpool now have a strong attacking trio of Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge that could give the Madrid defense some problems.
Offensively, Madrid should not have any problems putting the ball in the back of the net. An attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, known as the “BBC”, should have a field day against the defenses they’ll play in the group stage. Although Madrid lost two of their key men in Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, Los Blancos did a good job in the offseason by bringing in talent with James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. There have also been rumors that Madrid are close to signing Colombian star Radamel Falcao. The acquisition of Falcao could put Madrid over the top and put them as clear favorites over teams such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
With the depth that manager Carlos Ancelotti has established in his squad, Madrid should not face any issues putting up a strong squad in both their Champions League and La Liga matches. Madrid will have to play Liverpool and Barcelona in a matter of four days in October, which for many teams would be a difficult task. However, with a bench as strong as Madrid’s, Los Blancos should be able to compete and be victorious in both. Look for Real Madrid to easily win the group and continue their run for an 11th Champions League title.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.