So here we have it. What the big clubs have always dreamt of. A European Super League (of sorts). The remaining big boys will battle it out over the next two-and-a-bit weeks to see who is crowned as the Champions of Europe and there’s no pesky domestic action to get in the way.
With the Champions League Round of 16 set to resume with the second legs on Friday, let’s take a look at who Paddy thinks is the most likely to emerge victorious.
Perhaps a little surprisingly Manchester City head the market with Bayern Munich. We say surprisingly because while City do hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid in their last 16 clash, it is Real Madrid that they are playing and Zinedine Zidane’s men will be no pushover in the return.
Bayern, on the other hand, hold a very useful 3-0 lead against Chelsea. With a trio of away goals already in the bag you’d think they’d have an almost insurmountable lead over the Blues. Chelsea did, after all, lose to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final so what hope do they have going to the German champions who have enjoyed their matches against English opponents this season?
Next up is Paris St-Germain. Perennial bottlers in the Champions League over the last few years, it looks like they’re getting closer to glory. They’re safely into the quarter-finals already thanks to a 3-2 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last 16. The fact they’ve drawn Atalanta probably helps as well as they would be expected to win that and then the semi-finals beckon. However, they have been lacking in competitive football recently after the French league was cancelled back in the spring.
Next up we have two other clubs already in the quarters with PSG. That’s Atletico Madrid and the previously mentioned Atalanta. They’re both shorter than Barcelona at this point but that’s because they are already through to the next round.
And what of Barcelona? Well they’re 1-1 with Napoli and have that away goal. They will be expected to progress but Napoli are no pushovers and can cause the misfiring Catalans big problems on their day as they showed in the first leg back in March.
RB Leipzig are the least fancied of our teams already in the quarters. The departure of Timo Werner has undoubtedly harmed them here.
Next up are some long odds on giant clubs. Juventus and Real Madrid are real value plays but they are working against poor first leg last 16 results. The Old Lady have a 1-0 deficit to overcome against Lyon and you’d fancy them to do it, especially on their own turf. However, their form has been poor recently despite stumbling over the line in Serie A.
Real are an incredible price but they are, as we know, heading to Manchester to take on City who have two away goals in their back pocket and are in good form.
Everyone else is 75/1 or longer with Chelsea a huge 250/1 to take glory. They’ll do very, very well to go to Germany and score the four they need to progress, though.
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