Paris Saint-Germain are the favorites for the European champions this season, and Man City and Bayern Munich are joining them
The Champions League has returned for the 2021-222 edition, and the elite of Europe will fight to be crowned the continental champions.
From Paris Saint-Germain to Barcelona and Real Madrid, Purpose has everything you need to know about this year’s favorites, underdogs and outsiders to win the competition.
Who are the favorites to win the Champions League?
Paris Saint Germain is 10/3 via bet365 to lift their first Champions League title ever. The continental European trophy has long been a coveted honor for the Ligue 1 giants, who appeared in the 2019-20 final but eventually lost to Bayern. Lionel Messi, a summer at Blockbuster, certainly has experience in winning the Champions League, and a sensational power of himself, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, will definitely be taken into account.
Manchester Citythe chance to win the Champions League 7/2 after their first appearance in the final under Pep Guardiola last season. The Citizens will be ready to lose their final defeat to Chelsea rivals in the Premier League, while also defending their Premier League title defense. Man City now have the striking ability of Jack Grealish, and their quest to finally clinch a Champions League title may be in sight.
Both Bavaria and Chelsea, champions of the last two competitions, have the chance to 7/1 to be crowned UCL winners again. Chelsea would like to defend their Champions League title and win a third trophy, while Bayern would like to add their trophy cabinet. Chelsea have been strengthened with the summer signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter, while Robert Lewandowski has always been a dangerous target in the Champions League phase.
Who else is going to win the Champions League?
Six-time Champions League winners Liverpool is 9/1 to lift the trophy this year, after being knocked out of the competition by Real Madrid last season. The Reds were crowned as the winners of the tournament in 2019, but their subsequent outings in the Champions League were somewhat disappointing, although this year may be different.
Man Utd also has a chance 9/1, after the main acquisitions of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho during the summer. Ronaldo will be keen to lift the Champions League again, having last done so while playing for Real Madrid, and he could not lead former Juventus to European glory. The team of Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a dangerous threat this season, both within and in Europe.
Real Madridthe chance to win the Champions League under manager Carlo Ancelotti is up 14/1, and they will have the task of navigating the European tournament without the guidance of former captain Sergio Ramos, who switched to PSG. Los Blancos are record holders as the team that has won the Champions League the most times but has not won the competition since 2018.
Who are the outsiders to win the Champions League?
league champion Atletico Madrid chance 20/1 after the surprise of Antoine Griezmann to his former club in the Spanish capital. He and Luis Suarez can form a deadly team while the League team tries to win the best European prize.
Barcelona is in conflict with 20/1 also, and they will appear in the Champions League without the presence of the beloved former star Messi. The Catalan side have Memphis Depay to appeal now, but it’s hard to think of the Blaugrana as the European powerhouse they once were without Messi’s star power.
Juventus chance 28/1, and they are in a similar situation to Barcelona with a Ronaldo-shaped hole in their attack. The Italian team signed the captain of Portugal in 2018 with a view to leading him to the Champions League trophy, but that ultimately could not happen.
Borussia Dortmund are also outsiders to win the Champions League title with the chance to 33/1, after finishing in the group stage last season. The Bundesliga team has not posed a serious threat as a competitor since their appearance in the final in 2012, but perhaps Erling Haaland can instill confidence.