The UEFA Champions League (UCL) was founded 64 years ago and still remains the biggest and most prestigious tournament in the world. It has always amused fans with the quality of football it delivers.
Now, halfway down in the tournament, we are in a better situation to predict the teams that could get their hands over the prestigious trophy.
The UCL and Real Madrid always have great chemistry. Los Blancos are the most decorated club in the world. They have always dominated this tournament. Madrid has played 16 finals and emerging as winners on 13 times, the most by any club.
This time around it seems Madrid have the least chances to get hold over the trophy. They are struggling in all areas after Ronaldo's departure.
Following are the top three contenders that could win the Champions League 2018-19.
#3 Manchester City (England)
This Premier League side, under Pep Guardiola, is playing brilliant football this year. The three-time winners of the Premier League have never won this prestigious tournament.
Last year, under attacking tactics of Pep, Man City recorded a spectacular season by winning the league and achieving 100 points. While achieving this feat, they also scored a record-breaking 106 goals in the 2017-18 season. They were also favorites alongside Barcelona to win the UCL last season. But were destroyed by Liverpool in quarters by a 5-1 aggregate. So, this time around they will be more determined to not let it slip.
City's strength lies in their attacking options with forwards like Sterling, Aguero, Sane and Jesus who scored 106 goals last year. This year they have already scored 56 goals in 21 games. The recent scoreline of 7-0 and 9-0 against Rotherham and Burton respectively shows capabilities of their attack. They also have good attacking midfielders like De Bruyne and Silva.
City's only problem relies on their defense with Otamendi, Kompany getting slower with age and other defenders are inexperienced. Pep has spent a lot last year on defense but cracks appear in their defense which is hidden by their outstanding attacking.
With Good attack, midfield, a decent defense and a world-class goalkeeper in Ederson, all this combined with City's form and Guardiola's attacking tactics, The Machester Blues could win it this time around.