The UEFA Champions League group stage is set and is looking exciting already. During the past couple of months, world football has seen a lot of unbelievable, unpredictable and according to some, unacceptable changes taking place.
Whether it be the departures of some big players and managers from their clubs or the hot debate over the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee), it’s quite obvious that club football from all over Europe is now seeing a revolution take place as new systems are being adopted everywhere in football.
With the start of the Champions' League and the groups decided, the top clubs from Europe will be eyeing to lift the biggest glory in club football, the UEFA Champions League.
In the past 5 years, Spanish teams have been very dominant in Europe as 4 of the last 5 UCL's have been won by Real Madrid and the remaining one was won by their arch-rivals, FC Barcelona. Now with Zidane gone from their side, Real Madrid will still look to continue their European domination.
Meanwhile, Sevilla had played some outstanding football in Europe as they won 3 Europa League titles and shockingly eliminated Manchester United in the latest edition of Champions League. Sevilla was accompanied in their good performances at UEFA campaigns by Atletico Madrid who’ve reached 2 finals only to be beaten by their city rivals, Real Madrid. However, they managed to win the Europa League title in 2017/18 season and would be looking to outperform Real Madrid to clinch the UEFA Super Cup in August.
After the departure of arguably the best manager of Real Madrid's history, Zinedine Zidane and their goalscoring giant Cristiano Ronaldo, it is highly unlikely that Real Madrid would win the trophy for the fourth time in a row. Julen Lopetegui would have a tough task ahead of him to rebuild the legacy of Real Madrid which seems under threat after the 4-2 loss to Atletico in UEFA Super Cup.
Now, let's have a look at some best teams from Europe who are expected to win the Champions league in 2017-18 season:
#4 Manchester City
After having completed one of the most successful Premier League seasons of all time, the citizens would be high on confidence and are expected to add the title which is missing from their trophy cabinet.
Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City has been playing some exceptional attacking football and scoring tons of goals which helped them clinch the Premier League 2017-18 title quite easily.
The citizens already had what we call a 'perfect squad' and they’ve added a cherry on top in the form of Riyad Mahrez. De Bruyne's injury may not be a concern for the defending EPL champions as they have a good squad depth. After learning from the mistakes they made against Liverpool past season in UEFA Champions' League, Pep Guardiola's men are expected to win the Champions League 2018-19.