The 2021/22 Champions League has started with Chelsea looking to defend their trophy, but who are this year’s favourites?
Last season Champions League was won by Chelsea in an all English final. They took on Man 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.
This years campaign is back to normal, with grounds full from Matchday 1. The final is at Kretovsky Stadium in St Petersburg, taking place on May 28th.
Champions League 2021/22 Odds
Manchester City – 4/1
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 is runners up which came last season.
In Pep they have an experienced manager with two Champions Leagues to his name. He is one of the best managers in the world who can build a team to beat anyone. On top of this City’s squad is full of world-class players. They brought in Jack Grealish this summer for £100 million, whilst managing to keep hold of all their other top players. Their only issue could be the lack of an out and out striker. Jesus is the only one at the club and he is now being played out on the wing.
They have won one and lost one so far in the group, which was against PSG. Whether they go through in first or second place is yet to be seen but we fully expect them to progress. The Premier League looks like it’s going to be a lot tougher this season and we wouldn’t be surprised to see City try and bring in a striker in January to help with this.
PSG – 4/1
PSG are a lot like Man City in terms of they were taken over by very rich investors and the aim has always been Champions League success. Last season they were beaten in the semi-finals by Man City and are also still trying to win this competition for the first time in their history.
Their squad has some of the best players in the world with Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria. This summer they added to this by bringing in arguably the best player of all time, Lionel Messi. He has won this competition four times and would love to be the man to bring it to PSG. Messi wasn’t the only new signing this summer. Donnarumma, Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Hakimi all joined the club.
PSG now finally have a team good enough to win the Champions League and are rightly the joint-favourites. As a club, they lack Champions League experience but they have more than made up for this with the players they have brought in. They will expect to be there at the very end!
Bayern Munich – 4/1
According to the odds, this is now a three-horse race with Bayern Munich now joining City and PSG at 4/1. Bayern won the Champions League in 2019/20, when they beat PSG in the final. Last season, however, they were knocked out by the French club in the quarter-finals.
There have been some new faces join Bayern this summer, starting with a new manager. Julian Nagelsmann has taken over, leaving RB Leipzig in the summer and has been joined by two former players in Upamencano and Sabitzer. On top of this, they haven’t lost any of their players including the most prolific goalscorers in Europe, Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern’s squad hasn’t changed much since the 2019/20 season and players are still playing to the same standard. In their first two group games this year, they won 6-0 against Dynamo Kyiv and 3-0 against Barca. The only issue they may have is the new manager won’t have the experience of Champions League finals and semi-finals yet where it really matters.
Liverpool – 7/1
Klopp’s side exited in the quarter-finals last season, 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 with two wins in two over Porto and AC Milan.
Now that Liverpool have their full squad back, they have as good a chance as any in our opinion, if they can keep their 11 fit. That has always been their biggest issue, their squad depth. They have good players but no one comes close to filling the gap of Van Dijk, Salah, Alexander-Arnold, Allison etc.
However, we know how good they can be and have been under Klopp, winning the Champions League with them in 2019. Liverpool as a club love this competition and this side can beat any on their day. 7/1 is a good price but as we said, they need to have their key players otherwise the replacements aren’t good enough.
Chelsea – 8/1
Last years Champions League winners are at a very interesting price of 8/1. The new manager has made them so hard to beat and in knockout football that is very important. The win last year showed it, with then managing to keep a clean sheet against Man City who managed to score 24 goals in the competition.
Lukaku has come back to his old club this summer and could be exactly what they need to win this competition. He has proven he has an eye for goal and will help take the pressure off of Timo Werner. Tuchel has sorted the defence, it is now time to get this side scoring goals and they could retain this trophy.
Chelsea have a big squad, with Tuchel rotating it a lot between the Champions League and the Premier League it is only going to benefit them, especially at the latter stages.
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