England are well represented in the UEFA Champions League this season, with each of the four clubs to have qualified for the competition having been able to reach the Group Stage of the tournament at the moment.
Of course, although they would have only just managed to obtain their place through their finish in the Premier League if it had mattered, Chelsea are the current European champions and were immediately able to start their competition in this particular phase.
Manchester United were UEFA Europa League runners-up last season after being defeated by Villarreal in the final, but they were able to finish second in the Premier League, whilst Manchester City were crowned the champions of England’s elite league competition. Liverpool are the other team to have joined the aforementioned trio.
Let’s take a look at each of the clubs and what their chances are of being able to win the UEFA Champions League this season.
It would be wise to begin this article by looking at the current favourites for the competition, with the Champions League betting odds currently available suggesting that Manchester City is the team that is likely to win the tournament this season.
Indeed, the Citizens finished runners-up in the previous edition as they lost out to Chelsea but Pep Guardiola’s side has come out fighting and will be keen to try and go one better in this campaign as he looks to try and obtain the only major trophy currently missing from the trophy cabinet at the Etihad Stadium.
It is not hard to understand why City are amongst the favourites, either, as they have managed to make a bright start within Group A. Although they have been matched with Paris Saint-Germain – to whom they have already lost to – the current Premier League champions also have Club Brugge and RB Leipzig to contend with; teams that they have already managed to dispatch on one occasion.
It would be wise to expect them to qualify from their group and to advance deep into the competition.
Let’s not forget, Liverpool has been the UEFA Champions League champions on a number of occasions and were recently able to win the competition back in 2019 when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur.
This season, Jurgen Klopp’s side has been provided with a rather challenging prospect with their Group B placing, however after three matchdays, they have managed to overcome each of the challenges put in front of them and come out unscathed.
Wins over AC Milan, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid would suggest that the Reds have the potential to go relatively far within the competition once again, although their recent clash against the Spanish outfit would suggest that they could have to play some rather dirty football and go against their fluid style of play to ensure they grind out the wins that they need.
As mentioned, the current reigning champions of Europe, many will have believed that Chelsea is the team to beat this season in the competition and that would still seem true as their odds of retaining are still considered to be relatively high despite Liverpool and Manchester City thought to have a better chance at the time of writing.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues have struggled, though, this season as they had to grind a result out against Zenit St. Petersburg at Stamford Bridge, whilst they were poor against Juventus in Turin on Matchday 2. Malmo FF is the other team to play against in Group H, although the Swedish minnows should not provide them with a real challenge.
Despite their mixed start, the Blues have shown in other competitions that they can grind out victories and this will likely happen in this tournament, as well, so expect the Londoners to get to the later rounds as a minimum, as well.
Perhaps the English team that is the hardest to predict about what might happen in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United are a club that can provide an excellent result but then follow it up with an embarrassing one.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was shocked by Young Boys in their first Group F game before being able to steal a win against Villarreal – the team to whom they lost in the UEFA Europa League Final last season – despite being second-best for much of the game.
Italian outfit, Atalanta BC, still remain ahead of them and the Serie A side will pose a difficult challenge. If the Red Devils fail at this hurdle, then Europa League football might have to be something that they think about once again for the second half of the season.