3 reasons why Barcelona will have a greater chance of winning the 2018/19 Champions League ahead of Real Madrid 

  • Why Real Madrid European dominance is declining and Barcelona might just climb to become new European Champions.
Afeez Adebayo
Modified 31 Aug 2018, 19:24 IST

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Real Madrid and Barcelona’s consistent domination in Europe’s elite football competition in the last decade have placed the two Spanish giants as the top contenders for the UEFA Champions League.

These two Spanish clubs have won seven out of the last ten Champions League trophies, including five in a row. Barcelona has won three while Real Madrid triumphed in four seasons in the last decade. Such domination has confirmed both teams as the best football clubs in the whole of Europe.

Both teams’ dominance have largely rested on the influence of the two worlds best players in football history- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have five Ballon d’Or award each to their belts. Perhaps Barcelona and Real Madrid wouldn’t have won many trophies without the commanding brilliance of both players in their respective clubs. Ronaldo, a record £80m signing from Manchester United to Real Madrid, has netted a whopping 105 goals while his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi has scored 73 goals in the same period since the 2009/2010 season.

Yes, Santiago Bernabeu side have performed excellently in the last 5 Champions League seasons. It now seems they’re done achieving their peak performance and would not be as brilliant as they were in past seasons.

2018/2019 Champions League group stage draw of Barcelona and Real Madrid

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Internazionale Milano

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moskva, Viktoria Plzeň

Here are 5 reasons Barcelona will perform better than Real Madrid in the 2018/2019 Champions League season.

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Published 31 Aug 2018, 19:24 IST
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