Football supporters across the World can smile once again because UEFA Champions League is back. Group stages are not boring anymore because the tournament starts with a top-drawer clash between Premier League side Liverpool and Ligue 1 star-studded PSG side. Super trio Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani will try to outshine Salah, Mane, and Firmino. London hope rests on Tottenham Hotspurs tonight because they will face Serie A side Inter Milan. History will be created tonight, it is the reason why we want to make it even spicier with a brave prediction on five favorite teams to lift the European crown this season.
5. Manchester City
2015-16: Real Madrid
2016-17: Real Madrid
2017-18: Real Madrid
2018-19: Manchester City? 🤔
The Champions League trophy is on Pep Guardiola's mindhttps://t.co/V8mG950qta
— Goal (@goal) September 16, 2018
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is one of the best Coaches in the game right now. The Spaniard has turned the Premier League club into a force in less than two years. Last season, he delivered the League title in style after spending a lot of money to sign new players. This season, Sheikh Monsour (Owner) and the fans will want him to deliver UEFA Champions League trophy. He has the players to do it. He lifted the trophy twice as Barcelona manager. He starts his campaign on Wednesday against Ligue 1 side Lyon.
4. Real Madrid
The @ChampionsLeague is back!!
— Kwesé ESPN (@kwesesports) September 18, 2018
Real Madrid has lifted 13 UEFA Champions League crowns so far, 3 of them in the last three years. The Los Blancos lost Coach Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. However, the team is still very strong. The likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will relish the opportunity to shine in Europe this season. It is also the most experienced team in the continent at the moment. The team also has a new generation of players who will want to get more continental glory. They include Marco Asensio, Isco, Thibaut Courtois, Mariano, Lucas Vasquez, Nacho, Ceballos and Venicius Junior among others. They remain the team to beat in Europe this year.
3. Paris Saint-Germain
Like Manchester City, Qatar billionaires who pumped millions to turn a middle table Paris Saint-Germain into a giant of European football, want UEFA Champions League crown as soon as possible. They spent 222 million Euros to sign Neymar to help conquer Europe. Last season, the Brazilian suffered a bad injury after the first leg of their last 16 tie against Real Madrid.
This season, he will be expected to guide the team to European glory. The Paris giant is perhaps the most dangerous team in Europe. Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani work with Neymar in the attack. This excludes the likes of Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler who are also very good. If they reach the semi-finals, it will be difficult to deny them the title this year.