After several action-packed and exciting face-offs in the group stage stage, the Champions League is about to become even more interesting with its Round of 16 encounters, which kicks off today. European powerhouses are already preparing for the next matches in anticipation. Once again, all attention will be on the champions from last season, Liverpool.
The Reds are once more rising in momentum as we approach the campaign’s business end. They are in a Premier League league of their own, currently toping the table with 73 points from 25 games
Jurgen Klopp’s men’s red-hot form has inspired many to tip them to emulate Real Madrid and defend the coveted title. That might not ultimately be the case, however, as there are a few clubs that are also determined to win the European tournament.
3. Real Madrid
Who can write off the only team that managed to retain the European crown in the current era, win four Champions League trophies within five years and further secure its status as the continent’s biggest football club?
Upon their return Los Blancos surprised everyone to shape this word. They are currently top of the table in La Liga with 52 points from 23 games so far and will lock horns with Manchester City in this month’s Champions League Round of 16. We play well, with great team work and deep resolve. There’s no writing off the men in white with the energy continuously building up.
2. Bayern Munich
It is almost seven years since the last UEFA Champions League won by Bayern Munich.
We took to the pitch to prove that this word is meant business in Europe. The men of Niko Kovac sent a huge message in the group stage with Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-2 humiliation. They were one of the first sides to progress this term into the tournament’s knockout phase, and will face Chelsea for a quarter-final spot.
With a prolific and in-form attacker like Robert Lewandowski up front, difference-makers like Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller as well as red-hot superstars including Serge Gnabry and Thiago Alcantara, the Bavarians have what it takes to go all the way and once again make history in the Champions League.
Two final defeats in the Champions League by Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2015 and 2017 respectively persuaded Juventus to take their European aspirations seriously. The Bianconeri are determined to once again lay hands on the prestigious trophy after several years The club made a great statement when it completed the signing of Mr. Champions League, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2018 to lead their charge to the continental crown. Last season the experiment wasn’t successful but this term they’ll be in for it again. We have come out stronger as it stands with Maurizio Sarri now in charge of the team and Ronaldo bringing his game up to a different level.
Currently the Portuguese are firing on all cylinders. He’s taken up from where he left off last season and his return to goal has steadily increased. The attacker has bagged 23 goals and 3 have helped the Bianconeri from 28 games across all competitions to date. He peaks at the right moment as they continue their pursuit of European glory.
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