It’s back and it might just be more unpredictable than ever.
With a quick turnover and a shortened season playing havoc with their domestic form, Europe’s biggest clubs are back in Champions League action this week.
But who are your favourites to win the competition in 2020/21?
Not many teams retain the Champions League but I think Bayern Munich have what it takes to do exactly that. I also think this will be the most unpredictable season in living memory, so I could look very stupid a few months from now!
But Liverpool have lost Van Dijk, Pep Guardiola can’t shake off his Champions League funk, Juventus are in decline and the big Spanish clubs don’t look up to it. It’s Bayern again for me.
Do I truly believe this will be the year Guardiola shakes off his Champions League funk? Not really.
But then Manchester City have about as good of a chance of winning the Champions League as anyone else in this most unpredictable season in living memory.
So yeah, Manchester City champions of Europe 2020/2021. Remember where you heard it first.
It would be easy for me to go with Bayern Munich for this one, however, it’s hard to retain this trophy so I think Real Madrid will win it.
Zidane not only has a variety of quality, experienced players such as Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, but also a new generation of players with the likes of Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard desperate to make an impact.
They haven’t won the competition since 2018 and for a club that believes they actually own the Champions League, I think their eyes will be fixed firmly on the prize.
They were one step away last season but this time around I’m backing Paris Saint-Germain to finally land the big one, even after that defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.
Their late win over Atalanta was a mental hurdle they needed to get over, and for 60 minutes of the final against Bayern Munich, went toe-to-toe with the German champions.
That gives me every impression that PSG, under Thomas Tuchel, and with a few more impressive additions, can do what they’ve been threatening since QSI took over the club.
For no other reason other than Lionel Messi is desperate to lift it one last time, I’m picking Barcelona.
This seems certain to be his last season at Camp Nou and despite having a polarising coach and limited team-mates, maybe his magic can inspire Barça one last time before leaving.