It’s been almost 20 years since a French side won the Champions League, and following a heartbreaking defeat in the final for PSG last season, could 2020/21 finally mark the season in which the trophy returns to the country?
Back in 1992/93, Marseille lifted the trophy, beating AC Milan 1-0 at the Olympiastadion in Munich. Since then only twice has a French side reached the final, and PSG will be desperate to make it to finals out of two come May 2021.
The side topped a difficult Group H which included Manchester United and RB Leipzig in what was a difficult final game, and now they’ll be looking to progress and go one better than last term. That won’t be easy though, with Bayern Munich again looking phenomenal, while Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus are of course all contenders.
But what are the bookmakers saying? What the big brands in betting are pricing clubs is always a good indicator of the strongest teams in the competition, and as the Group Stage comes to an end and we enter the knockout phase, it’s the perfect time to consider your bets, a free bet no deposit UK on the outright winner market.
Most pundits are struggling to look beyond Bayern Munich who are in quite breathtaking form. They are priced around 11/4 to win the tournament and have been banging in the goals once again, averaging 3.4 goals per game in the Bundesliga.
They’ve also beaten Atletico 4-0 in the Champions League and in Robert Lewandowski have the finest striker on the planet.
They’re the team to beat and the German side will undoubtedly be favourites going into every game they play.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool shouldn’t be dismissed though, with the bookies pricing them second and third favourites respectively.
Pep Guardiola hasn’t won the tournament since his Barcelona days and the Blues are desperate to win the Champions League.
They got through the Group Stage comfortably and on their day can beat anyone in the world, but have had a habit of messing up in the latter stages of the competition, last season losing to French side Lyon in a game they were expected to have no problems with.
Liverpool know how to win the tournament and have been one of Europe’s best in recent years. They have slipped up a few times this season though and are defensively fallible, particularly with Virgil van Dijk missing.
Thomas Tuchel’s ultimate goal is to win the tournament and they are looking good this season.
The bookies are pricing them at 10/1, ahead of the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid, with this season perhaps the prime opportunity to claim it, particularly as rumours continue to circulate around the futures of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
For both of them potentially signing off their careers in the French capital with a Champions League crown would be fitting, or could even be the turn of events that makes them want to stay.
It’s as good of a time as any and it would be no surprise to see them in the final in Istanbul come May 29.
Of course, Barcelona and Real Madrid will always be linked to the trophy as favourites, but neither side have had a particularly solid start to the season.
Instead, it’s Real’s cross-town rivals Atletico who perhaps have the best chance of any Spanish sides. While they were convincingly beaten by Bayern, they did also draw with the Bundesliga champions, and in the league have yet to be beaten and have conceded just two goals in 10 games.
At 20/1 they could be the surprise package this season, while Chelsea could also provide that.
Frank Lampard’s men have invested well and started the season in good form. It could be a step too far for them this season, but they have great experience in Thiago Silva, extreme firepower in Timo Werner and splendid creativity in Kai Havertz and Mason Mount, so stranger things have happened.