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5 favourites to win UEFA Champions League this season

  • From Juventus to Dortmund, the Round of 16 has already delivered some surprises! Who remain in contention for the coveted title?
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:35 IST

Real Madrid v Liverpool - 2018 UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid v Liverpool - 2018 UEFA Champions League Final

Amidst Champions League clashes, big transfer talks and a hectic league schedule, we are slowly approaching yet again frenzy phase of football. The months of March and April are like heaven for football connoisseurs all over the globe. With the Champions League Round of 16 already underway and the Quarters coming up next month, let's reflect on some the top teams in Europe this season and what are their chances of winning the prestigious trophy at Madrid in May.

With the first round of matches already played out across Europe, we've had a series of surprising results that is a testament to the difficulty in the title race this time out. Juventus' defeat in Madrid and Dortmund's humiliation in London were the two standouts from the first round and the qualifying chances of both of these teams, performing exceptionally well in their domestic leagues are bleak.

2018/19 Champions League: Who will win?
2018/19 Champions League: Who will win?

After winning the Champions League three times in a row, Real Madrid were off of a bit shaky start at the start of the season, but now they seem to be on track for yet again challenge and this means that the title race is much tougher. This year, the Champions League is host to quite a lot of contenders to the title, and the title race might be the closest we have seen in a while. Let's look at some of the strongest contenders to brag the title in May;

#5 Liverpool

Liverpool were held to a draw by Bayern at the Anfield in the first leg
Liverpool were held to a draw by Bayern at the Anfield in the first leg

Without a shadow of a doubt, Liverpool is playing some of the best football their loyal fans have seen in Anfield in recent history. Klopp's men have finally given their fans a bit of hope for that long-awaited league title, but to achieve the same, the must battle against Pep Guardiola's fierce City and not-to-forget, a battling Spurs side.

But will Liverpool's League title challenge hinder their European focus? Last years' runner-ups, Pool have a strong squad with a lot of depth to drag them through the fatigue of bombardment of fixtures in March and April.

Although Liverpool technically have the least chances of qualifying this round from the five teams listed in this article, their extensive squad depth would be a key against their away tie in Germany next month. Like Liverpool, Bayern are also heavily involved in a close league season, but unlike the Reds, they aren't in the pole position. On top of that, Bayern has been massively unreliable and inconsistent this season. Provided Liverpool does make it through Bayern's challenge at the Allianz Arena, the Reds would be one of the strongest contenders to lift the trophy in Madrid.

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