The Champions League is back in action. This summer’s transfer window will undoubtedly have upset the balance of power between the big European clubs this summer. Lionel Messi left his training club FC Barcelona for Paris SG. Christiano Ronaldo has just joined Manchester United after three seasons at Juventus Turin. Chelsea, defending champion has strengthened by recruiting Romelu Lukaku, just champion of Italy with Inter Milan.
They are the big favorites of the competition
PSG, with its stratospheric recruitment, is the big favourite. The Parisian club will be able to field an unprecedented attacking trio in attack with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. The Parisian club has also recruited from Inter, Achraf Hakimi, one of the best backs in the world. Italian European champion goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is also part of the Paris squad. The Parisian club reached the Champions League final in 2020. Will such an alignment of world football stars make a team? PSG against Manchester City in the semi-finals in the last edition lacked collective strength.
The defending champion, chelseahope retain his title. The London club has retained its workforce, notably in midfielder N’Golo Kanté. Chelsea have retained their goalkeeper, the Senegalese Édouard Mendy. The team led by former PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has strengthened in attack by recruiting striker Romelu Lukaku while retaining its tactical sense. The team has been undefeated since January.
Manchester City, an unfortunate finalist against Chelsea, had eliminated PSG in the semi-finals. The English champion is one of the favourites. Pep Guardiola, for his sixth season, hopes to finally win the Champions League. The workforce remained the same. The players know each other perfectly. The team’s midfield and attack are led by Belgian Kevin De Bruyne and Algerian Riyad Mahrez.
the Bayern Munich managed to keep his star striker Robert Lewandowski, a real scoring machine. The Bavarian club, champion of Germany, remains a serious candidate for the final victory in each edition of the Champions League.
You will have to rely on them
Manchester United was eliminated in the group stage last year. The Mancunian club, after several difficult seasons in the shadow of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, is once again a club that counts in the Premier League. The club finished second in the English league last year. The club has many England internationals like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Christiano Ronaldo is especially back. The 36-year-old Portuguese striker scored twice in his first game in the league. We will have to count on Manchester United in the Champions League.
the real Madrid lost its central hinge Ramos-Varane. The workforce appears to be aging. But the Merengue have the experience of the European Cup and know how to tackle the big meetings. They will be led in attack by a Karim Benzema who has always been flamboyant since the departure of Christiano Ronaldo in 2018. The club finished semi-finalist in the last edition.
liverpool, winner of the Champions League in 2019, had a complicated season last year. Dutchman Virgil Van Dijk, the club’s centre-back, was absent last year. His return could put the team right side up. The club can always count on its African duo in attack with the Egyptian Mohamed Salah and the Senegalese Sadio Mané.
FC Barcelona just turned the page Lionel Messi. Antoine Griezman also left the Catalan club. Dutch striker Memphis Depay has joined the club and is starting his La Liga season with a bang. Can FC Barcelona go far in the competition? The defensive solidity of the team leaves something to be desired. The Juventus Torino has also just lost its great star. Christiano Ronaldo has just left the Turin club for Manchester United. Juve has just started its championship badly with two defeats in three games. Inter Milan, reigning Italian champions, have lost their star striker, Romelu Lukaku, to Chelsea. The Lombard club retains great collective strength in its organization. It will also be necessary to rely on theAtlético de Madrid. Diego Simeone’s team remains one of the most complicated teams to play. Antoine Griezman, the prodigal son, is back.