UEFA Champions League: December Power Rankings
The UEFA Champions League is arguably soccer’s finest honor, as the title of being Europe’s finest is a heck of an accolade for any soccer club. Based off of the recent group stage performances and the names on each team, we ranked who has the best chances of writing their name in history and winning one of the most illustrious honors in the sport.
10. Tottenham Hotspurs
They were drawn into the group of death with Barca, Inter, and PSV, Spurs were facing short odds. However, they rallied together and secured a huge game 6 result in a draw away at Barcelona. The character they displayed along with world-class goalscorer Harry Kane and the guys he has on the team means they could be tricky customers in the last 16.
Borussia Dortmund have just topped a tricky group, navigating fairly tough games against Monaco and Atletico, and it seems they have enough to be a dark horse in the competition. They have lost a lot of their key men over the past couple of years, but still, Reus, Gotze, and the young talent they have make them a worthy member of Europe’s elite competition.
Very much the rich boys of the tournament, PSG’s roster resembles something of an all-star team with the likes of Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani to name a few. A huge win came against Liverpool, and we think they could put it together to make a realistic run at the trophy.
Built on the strong defensive foundation straight from Diego Simeone’s tactical blueprint, Atleti are defensively sound enough to beat any team in the competition, and other than a poor result versus Dortmund they look as effective as ever. Oh, and did we mention they have Antoine Griezmann?
Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal soccer has resonated with this team, and the gegenpressing nature of his team makes them confident of beating anyone. The group stage was a promising showcase for them, only losing 1 game and they will be encouraged by their progression to the next round.
5. Bayern Munich
Even when not winning the cup, Bayern are a constant fixture in the UCL race. Currently boasting one of the tournament’s top scorers in Lewandowski (6 goals), Bayern aced their group and will look to replicate this in the last 16 and onwards.
4. Real Madrid
Madrid have somewhat monopolised this trophy recently, winning 4 of the 5 past trophies. With Luka Modric now a ballon d’or winner, and the dynamic string pullers like Isco and Asenio the Madridistas can definitely compete; even in Ronaldo’s absence.
3. Manchester City
When you have a star-studded squad at your disposal and only add to it with investments like Riyad Mahrez, not to mention the elite footballing mind of Pep Guardiola, you’re always in with a shout. Barring the blip against Lyon City, Man City look great and will translate well into next phase.
No surprise here as Messi and Ronaldo lock the 1 and 2 spots up. Juventus already had a deep squad including the elite center back duo of Bonucci and Chiellini, and with the shining gem of Ronaldo, so expect them to take a run at the title.
Guided by an all-time talent in the form of Lionel Messi and armed with a supporting cast that will make your mouth water, Barca are still one of the team to beat. The Catalans looked great in the group stage, and if anyone can take it up a notch in the elimination round it’s them.
Who do you think will go all the way in the UEFA Champions League when they resume next year? There are no more games in December, but the draw for the top 16 matches will conclude this week.
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