5) Bayern Munich
The Bavarians had a miserable start last season when they were heavily defeated by PSG 3-0 in Paris which marked the end of Ancelloti’s time in Munich. They brought back in Hyenckes who revived their fortunes with the Bavarians coming short against eventual winners Real Madrid. With NikoKovac now at the helm, there is an air of positivity around Munich. The fans know that Bundesliga is virtually won with nothing less than a European title making a season successful. The mighty Bavarians have been consistent in the last few years and will be hoping to go one better this time. It is indeed Real Madrid who have been in their way in the last few seasons but with Ronaldo no longer at the club, Bavarians could smell blood. They have the players for it. Expect some fireworks from Lewandowski and Co this time.
4) Paris Saint Germain
The Project Europe took a major hit a couple of seasons ago with the famous Remontada in Nou Camp where PSG relinquished a 4-0 advantage. But the Qatari owners have looked determined to make sure that never happens again. Since that disappointing night, the club have spent over 300 million on just two players in Neymar and Mbappe. Both are unstoppable at their very best and PSG will be hoping that new manager Thomas Tuchel helps them get over the quarter finals stage, something they have not been able to do on a regular basis.
The Reds were by far the most enthralling team in the competition last term. JurgenKlopp’s heavy metal football looks finally imbued in the Liverpool squad with the Reds’ gegenpressing. They possess arguably the world’s most potent front three in Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The deficiencies in the squad too have been seemingly taken care off with Alisson’s arrival and Liverpool significantly improving their bench strength. If they could get off to a good start, there’s no saying that Liverpool can’t reach the final once again only to win it this time.
The Old Lady’s obsession with winning the European title came to culmination when they agreed a blockbuster deal with Real Madrid to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin in a 105 million deal, the same player who months ago had scored a hattrick in Turin to break Juve’s hearts. Ronaldo’s 4 Champions league titles and experience will be vital. In the process of bringing Ronaldo to Turin, Juve have also potentially weakened a strong rival for the Champions league title, psychologically more than anything.
On paper, Barca lost Andres Iniesta and Paulinho in the summer and did not have the most exciting of the transfer windows. But barring a collapse in Roma, Barcawere actually pretty good last season. They have added Malcom and Arthur along with Vidal to their squad which were not exactly the signings the fans had been looking forward to but they could prove pivotal as the season goes on. Moreover, Coutinho will have a full season with Barca this time and Dembele returns as a world champion. They all need to be the supporting cast to Messi and let the Argentine work his magic as Barca look to regain lost ground.