Champions League Season Preview 2018/2019

Champions League Season Preview 2018/2019

Yet another entertaining season in the Champions League is ahead of us. Ronaldo-less Real Madrid aim to become the first team in the history of football to win four consecutive trophies in the elite competition, but that is easier said than done.

Zinedine Zidane’s era at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu came to an end. The French tactician helped Real Madrid win their third consecutive Champions League trophy last season and nobody expected that he would say “adios” to los Blancos. To make things even worse for Real Madrid fans, Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer part of the Spanish giants as he joined Juventus in the summer transfer window. New coach Julen Lopetegui obviously have faith in Spanish rising star Marco Asensio, but Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are likely to play main roles in Real Madrid in the upcoming Champions League season.

Fellow La Liga sides Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have big ambitions for the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign as well. Barca aim to make amends for the unsuccessful 2017/2018 season, whereas los Rojiblancos are eager to record a good result in the elite competition after winning the Europa League last term.

Manchester City were crushed by fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last term and it remains to be seen if they are capable of going all the way in the elite competition this time out. Kun Aguero is still pat of the team and he will be the man to watch in Pep Guardiola’s side when they kick off their Champions League campaign against Olympique Lyon. Jurgen Klopp’s trops want to, at least, repeat the last season’s success when they faced Real Madrid in the final and seeing that the club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window, they are definitely capable of meeting the goal. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United should never be written off, whilst Chelsea are ready for a new beginning with new boss (Maurizio Sarri) in charge.

Speaking of German sides, Bayern Munchen are the dominant force in Bundesliga, but they aim to prove their worth in European competitions as well. The club owners did not make too many changes to the squad in the summer, but coach Niko Kovac still has a number of top-class footballers to choose from and they are definitely capable of winning their sixth Champions League (European Cup title).

Paris Saint-Germain are once again considered one of main favourites to win the Champions League title. Kylian Mbappe is undisputedly the best young player in the world and seeing that new coach Thomas Tuchel can count on the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani as well, many football experts believe that the time has come for les Parisiens to win the prestigious trophy.
Speaking of newcomers, it has to be noted that Serbian champions Crvena zvezda return to the Champions League following a 27-year absence, whereas AEK will represent Greece in the elite competition for the first time since 2006.

Taking everything into account, a number of highly interesting games are on the horizon, so you’re your remote and enjoy watching the best club competition in the world.

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