Following the first round of fixtures being completed in this years champions league, we can begin to think, who will win the champions league?
So, the champions league has kicked off, and among the shocks and quite predictable results, there have been some teams who have looked dangerous, and some who have underwhelmed.
The English sides:
They made light work of their first round games, with Manchester United beating PSG, Manchester city winning against Porto and Liverpool defeated Ajax. Chelsea however drew against Sevilla, in what was probably their hardest game in their group. Liverpool were less than convincing in overcoming Ajax, but they came out of the game with a win, even without star man Virgil Van Dijk. City had an early scare, conceding early on, but soon got into their groove and put three past Porto. United overcame the most difficult opponents in their group in PSG, and looked convincing whilst doing it. They could be a dark horse in this years competition.
The Spanish teams:
Real Madrid struggled last night, losing to Shakhtar Donetsk. During the game, Real looked extremely poor, especially in the first half. A 3-2 loss is not going to help any side, even if it wasn’t a strong line-up from the start. Barcelona meanwhile, beat Ferencváros convincingly, with a 5-1 win seeing off the Hungarian champions easily.
The German Sides:
Reigning champions Bayern Munich made light work of Atletico Madrid and are looking scary for any side once again this year. Borussia Dortmund struggled to score against Lazio, with former Black and yellow man and European golden shoe winner Ciro Immobile scoring. Fellow german side RB Leipzig beat Basaksehir 2-0, with ex-Manchester city wing-back Angelino scoring both.
The Italian teams:
Internazionale drew their first game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, whilst Juventus won against Dynamo Kyiv, making their group a battle for top between them and Barcelona.
Bayern Munich will be favourites again, but The English sides, except Chelsea, all looked good as well. Real Madrid looked poor, and Barcelona only played the worst team in the competition.
So, my money would be on Bayern or Manchester City, although there may be a surprise this season, with it looking increasingly likely for the entire season to be played behind closed doors.
By Sam Hutchison