The new UEFA Champions League season begins on Tuesday, and the football world is buzzing with anticipation.
Last year’s edition was played primarily in the absence of fans, and as a result, both players and fans are eager to return for Europe’s elite competition.
Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League last season after defeating several heavyweights such as Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Manchester City. At all stages of the competition, it was difficult to predict a winner. We anticipate that the 2021-22 Champions League will be similar to last year’s.
In the world of football, this summer has been quite engrossing. Several high-profile transfers have occurred during the transfer window, and it’s difficult to deny that a power shift is taking place. In this article, we make five audacious predictions for the UEFA Champions League in 2021-22.
Three Premier League sides to make UEFA Champions League top 4
The Premier League teams competing in the UEFA Champions League this season are among the best in Europe. Last season’s finalists were Manchester City and Chelsea. Both teams assessed their squads’ weaknesses and strengthened where necessary.
While Manchester City signed Jack Grealish, Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku to address their goal-scoring problems. Ibrahima Konate has joined Liverpool’s defense. The Merseysiders already have a number of talented players on their books. Manchester United has finally buffed up and now truly resembles a European behemoth.
Over the last few seasons, the Red Devils have worked hard to bolster their roster with world-class players. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves credit for developing the squad’s young players.
United are worthy contenders this time around, thanks to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and Luke Shaw. The Premier League teams have a good chance of progressing in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Robert Lewandowski to be the top scorer ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Let’s be honest. Despite the fact that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are both in their 30s, Robert Lewandowski is the better goalscorer at the moment. Over the last two seasons, the Polish international has scored 20 goals in 16 UEFA Champions League appearances.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both joined new clubs. Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United, but it is a very different team than the one he left in 2009.
While he is expected to do well, outscoring an in-form Lewandowski will be difficult. Messi is surrounded by an incredible amount of talent. As a result, we believe that PSG’s goals will be distributed among several players, and the former Barcelona man may not be particularly prolific.
Paris Saint-Germain not to win the Champions League
“Too many scumbags taint the broth.” It would be a stretch to suggest that a team featuring Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, and Achraf Hakimi will not play some fantastic football.
But that doesn’t mean they can do it on a regular basis. While having so many creators and goal scorers on the team appears to be a plus on paper, it does not always translate into success on the field.
The obvious question is where Angel Di Maria will play now that Messi is here. Di Maria has been instrumental in PSG’s recent success in Europe.
Messi has also shown a reluctance to relinquish his defensive responsibilities in recent times. As a result, he will almost certainly be a fixture in PSG’s frontline. This will jeopardize Neymar’s partnership with Mbappe.
Pochettino has a lot to figure out before his star-studded squad takes the field in the Champions League. Despite being the favorites, PSG will not win the Champions League this season unless he devises a one-of-a-kind blueprint.
Borussia Dortmund to be the darkhorses
Having Erling Haaland on the team is a cheat code at this point. Several European behemoths have recognized this fact, which is why they were all ready to line up for his signature this summer.
But, for good reason, Borussia Dortmund clung to their prized asset. The Norwegian international has also had a strong start to the 2021-22 season. In six appearances across all competitions, he has already scored eight goals.
Haaland has a fantastic supporting cast to help him. Behind him are the world-class Marco Reus and the excellent Julian Brandt. Axel Witsel, Jude Bellingham, and Mahmoud Dahoud can compete with the best in the business in midfield.
Dortmund have been drawn in Group C with Besiktas, Ajax, and Sporting Lisbon, where they are the favourites to win. While the games may be entertaining, Dortmund appears to be the better team in the group.
Jack Grealish to be the best player
Manchester City went on to sign Jack Grealish, one of the Premier League’s most creative players, this summer. In just four Premier League appearances, he has already created 13 chances from open play. No one in Europe’s top five leagues has created more.
He’s still settling in at the new club, but once he’s found his stride, the Englishman’s potential is limitless. Grealish is a technically skilled attacking midfielder who enjoys taking on defenders. Manchester City’s attack will benefit from his directness.
Grealish is expected to form a lethal combination with Kevin De Bruyne, similar to the one the Belgian formed with a certain David Silva. Manchester City are expected to have a successful Champions League campaign, and Grealish will be at the center of it all.