The Champions League 2022 is well under way with Chelsea looking to defend their trophy, but who are this year’s favourites?
The 2021 Champions League was won by Chelsea in an all English final. They took on Manchester City, who were the favourites, and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Kai Havertz.
This came as a huge surprise to most, but the arrival of Thomas Tuchel totally changed Chelsea and in the end, they deserved to win this competition.
With eight groups and four teams in each group, the competition started with 32 teams this season.
Group stages began in September 2021 and by the time the six rounds were complete, 16 teams had progressed to the next stage. That is known as the Round of 16 and it had two legs.
Those games began on Tuesday, February 15 2022 with PSG vs Real Madrid and Sporting v Manchester City the first two games scheduled to take place at 8pm.
The last games in the Round of 16 were played on March 16th 2022. Those results then determined the quarter-finalists for the Champions League 2022.
Round Of 16 Teams For 2022
The following teams played in the Champions League 2022 round of 16. Each played two games with the winner, over both legs, moving on to the quarter finals.
- PSG v Real Madrid (Real Madrid advance 3-2 on agg.)
- Sporting v Manchester City (Man City advance 5-0 on agg.)
- RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich (Bayern advance 8-2 on agg.)
- Inter Milan v Liverpool (Liverpool advance 2-1 on agg.)
- Chelsea v LOSC (Chelsea advance 4-1 on agg.)
- Villareal v Juventus (Villarreal advance 4-1 on agg.)
- Atletico Madrid v Manchester United (Atletico advance 2-1 on agg.)
- Benfica v Ajax (Benfica advance 3-2 on agg.)
Quarter Finals For Champions League 2022
- Benfica V Liverpool April 5th (Benfica 1-3 Liverpool )
- Manchester City V Atletico Madrid April 5th (City 1-0 Atletico)
- Villareal V Bayern April 6th (Villareal 1-0 Bayern)
- Chelsea V Real Madrid April 6th (Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid)
- Bayern V Villareal 12th April (Bayern 1-1 Villareal)
- Real Madrid V Chelsea April 12th (Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea)
- Atletico V Man City 13th April (Atletico 0-0 Man City)
- Liverpool V Benfica 13th April (Liverpool 3-3 Benfica)
Semi Finals For Champions League 2022
Following the two legs of the quarter-finals, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Villareal all made it through to the semi finals of the Champions League 2022.
The draw was made and the following teams played each other for a coveted spot in the Champions League Final 2022.
- Man City V Real Madrid Tuesday April 26th (City 4-3 Madrid)
- Liverpool V Villareal Wednesday April 27th (Liverpool 2-0 Villareal)
- Villareal V Liverpool Tuesday May 3rd (Villareal 1-3 Liverpool)
- Real Madrid V Manchester City Wednesday May 4th (Madrid 3-1 City)
Finals For Champions League 2022
After two very dramatic semi-finals, we finally found out which two teams would be playing for the Champions League trophy in 2022.
Liverpool took on Villareal at home and frankly, should have put more than two goals passed the Spaniards. However, it was enough to secure the lead going into the second leg.
That took a different turn as Villareal, playing at home, took a two goal lead and at halftime, Liverpool had a lot to do.
In the second half, Liverpool was back on form and Fabinho found the back of the net at 62 minutes. That was quickly followed by another from Luis Diaz on 67 minutes and Sadio Mane capped the night off with a third goal on 74 minutes.
Liverpool won the tie with a 5-2 aggregated scoreline and progressed to the Champions League final.
It was a very different story for Manchester City. The first leg against Real Madrid was a goal fest that ended with a narrow 4-3 lead for Man City.
Needing to just hang on, they travelled to Madrid and the Bernabeu Stadium for the second leg on Wednesday 4th May.
A closely fought game, Man City took the lead through Mahrez on the 73rd minute and all was looking rosy for the blues.
Real Madrid may have been down but they were certainly not out and bounced back when Rodrygo found the net, not once but twice in two minutes.
With the game level on 5-5 (aggregate) Madrid won a penalty in the dying seconds of the game.
It was Karim Benzema that steeped up and with one kick of the ball, another goal was scored and Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League final with a 6-5 aggregated win over Manchester City.
When Is The Champions League Final 2022 On?
The UEFA Champions League final will take place on Saturday May 28th 2022.
It will take place at Stade de France in Paris with kickoff at 8pm UK time.
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Summary Of The Champions League Teams
Manchester City – 6/5
Still waiting for their first-ever Champions League trophy is Pep’s side. When they were taken over in 2008, it was no secret the owner’s main aims were to win the Champions League. Their best finish was as runners up in 2021.
Liverpool – 6/5
Klopp’s side exited in the quarter-finals in 2021, losing to Real Madrid 3-1 over the two legs. It was always going to be a tough year for them with so many injuries to key players.
This season though, they have started very well and now that they have their full squad back, they have as good a chance as any.
We know how good they can be and have been under Klopp, winning the Champions League with them in 2019.
Real Madrid – 6/1
Real Madrid hold the record for the most victories, having won the competition thirteen times. With manager Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, they have every chance of winning again in 2022, which will be their first since 2018.
Villareal – 20/1
Villareal have come a long way in just ten years. On 13 May 2012, they were relegated from La Liga after a defeat to Atlético Madrid with a mass exodus of players following soon after.
Since then they have been promoted back to La Liga, and by 2015 had achieved qualification to the Europa League group stages. By 2021 they had won their first major continental trophy, beating Manchester United 11–10 on penalties in the UEFA Europa League Final.
That qualified them for this year’s Champions League and now they stand two games from their first ever final in the competition.