A few hours before the kickoff of the Champions League, the French and English betting sites agree to release two favorites, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. But a pack of suitors is on the prowl …
PSG and City hold the rope
For the second consecutive season, the Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City will approach the Champions League as favorites of the competition, if we are to believe the French and English online betting sites. The two richest clubs on the continent are still looking for their first success in C1 but still seem to be the best equipped to go to the end. PSG added Messi to its constellation of stars, and expanded its workforce in a beautiful way (Donnarumma, Hakimi, Wijnaldum …), which earned him to leave with a slightly favorable prognosis compared to Man City. The formation of Pep Guardiola, who has dominated the Premier League for several seasons, failed to recruit the center-forward who is lacking in his squad (Kane), but his collective is as impressive as ever.
A beautiful pack of suitors
With four different winners over the last four seasons, the Champions League is traditionally a very open competition, because it is very tough. Behind Paris and Man City, four strong opponents are emerging. The essential Bayern Munich comes third in the votes, down from last season, which may be linked to the arrival on his bench of a technician with a still virgin record, Julian Nagelsmann. In the process, we find the defending champion, Chelsea, who has kept his ultra-solid frame by adding a formidable center-forward, Romelu Lukaku. Come next Liverpool, who recovered his rock Virgil Van Dijk, and Manchester United, boosted by the comeback of Cristiano Ronaldo, the king of the C1.
The « old » of the Super League in retreat
The times have changed. The historical giants that are the Real Madrid, the FC Barcelona and the Juventus, who feel the need to create a Super League in order to restore their economic power, only come third in the ranking of contenders for the Champions League, at the same level as theAtlético de Madrid. Real Benzema seems the best armed of the gang, while Barça is in the process of reconstruction, and Juve is already in crisis at the start of the season marked by the departure of Ronaldo.
Dortmund, Lille and… Tiraspol
In the fourth step, the Dortmund Erling Haaland leads the way in front of Atalanta Bergamo, Inter Milan, Sevilla FC and AC Milan, in that order. Little comes much further, the champions of France being globally placed in the third quarter of the ranking of contenders, which indicates that a transfer to the Europa League would already be a good performance. The little thumb, finally, is unsurprisingly the Sheriff Tiraspol, champion of Moldova, who will notably face Inter and Real in Group D.