Man United listed with other clubs as contenders for 2021/22 UEFA winner
The Champions League is set to return to our screens next week.
The first set of fixtures takes place on Tuesday the 14th of September
with Sevilla vs RB Salzburg and Young Boys vs Manchester United kicking off the action at 5:45 PM UK time.
United, as well as Young Boys, have been drawn in Group F alongside Atalanta and Villarreal.
Elsewhere from the Premier League, current holders Chelsea are set to face off with Juventus, Zenit, and Malmo in a group they should have little issues qualifying from.
Meanwhile, Manchester City and Liverpool both have fairly tough groups on paper. The city must take on PSG
RB Leipzig and Club Brugge, whilst Liverpool are facing Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, and FC Porto.
The full group stage draw can be seen below:
Who will win the Champions League?
Who, though, will win the Champions League this time around?
However, The Premier League’s dominance over European football has grown in recent years
They have had at least one team representing them in the last four finals
with 2020/21 and 2018/19 seeing, all-English affairs played out.
And, with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid having declined somewhat in recent times, it is hard to see Spain faring too well in this season’s competition.
Italy also does not look set for a strong showing in Europe’s most coveted club competition either.
Juventus’s quality has waned and, after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, they are not expected to get far.
Champions Inter Milan, meanwhile, have parted with Antonio Conte and Romelu Lukaku.
But even with that duo, still struggled to mount any sort of serious challenge in the CL last time out.
This, on paper, should leave the English, French and German sides with the best chance of securing silverware.
The Premier League does look to have the most serious potential challengers for the Champions League in 2021/22.
Manchester City made it to the 2020/21 final with Pep Guardiola finally opting against chopping and changing his side up constantly for knockout matches.
Instead, the Spaniard stuck with a false-nine system that largely saw Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne
Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan occupying the five most advanced positions.
Granted, Pep did changes things up slightly in the final, opting not to start either Fernandinho or Rodri.
But with the same squad plus the edition of Jack Grealish, the Sky Blues should once again make it to the latter stages this term as well.
However, without the services of a proper no.9, City’s ability to win the competition is lessened.
Liverpool should also be amongst the favorites this year after recovering from their injury crisis.
Jurgen Klopp has an excellent record in the competition with the Reds and they do have one of the best starting elevens in Europe.
But there is a case to be made that Liverpool’s overall squad is not good enough, especially their forward reinforcements.
So, unless Liverpool signs a big-name attacker in January, it is hard to see them winning it.
The final English side amongst the favorites to win the Champions League is Chelsea.
Moreover, Thomas Tuchel has already proven he can get the majority of these players to the final.
And, with the Londoner’s excellent squad now reinforced by Saul Niguez and Romelu Lukaku,
Another final appearance does look very likely.
Manchester United summer transfer after dealing deal with Sancho, Varane and bring back Ronaldo boost their title race.
The Old Trafford has also been predicted for the UEFA 21/22 winner following their changes in squad.
Outside of the aforementioned PL sides, Bayern Munich is one of the more likely to make
it to the latter stages of the Champions League this term.
Julian Nagelsmann took charge of the club over the summer and brought with him two very impressive players
in the form of Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer.
The pair back up an already remarkable squad that includes some of the best
Also most experienced players in Europe such as Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, and Manuel Neuer.
All of the above sides have some seriously top talent and some of the best managers in world football right now.
However, it is simply too hard to look past PSG as the favorites for the 2021/22 Champions League.
A front four of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel di Maria is arguably the deadliest attack in football.
PSG’s squad has also been further boosted over the summer by Euro 2020 winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma
Champions League and Premier League winner Georginio Wijnaldum, Serie A winner Achraf Hakimi and
of course, serial winner, Sergio Ramos.
So, if Mauricio Pochettino can keep said players fit
there is no reason why PSG should not be in this campaign’s Champions League final.
Thoughts which club do you predict to win?