This Tuesday kicks off the newest edition of the UEFA Champions League, which will be perhaps the most interesting competition to follow for the common football fan, but especially for us, bettors. An event where all the teams always try to give their best, not only for the associated sporting prestige, but also for the huge financial prizes.
WHO SUCCEEDS AFTER THE BAYERN “KING” IN 2020/21?
The always awaited group phase of the 2020/21 edition of the Champions League, which marks the beginning of the next European champion journey, seeking to succeed Bayern Munich, will exceptionally start after hours this season.
All because the football calendar has undergone major changes due to the paralysis that the fight against the new coronavirus pandemic forced, at the entry for the 2019/20 final matches.
At a time in the calendar when we would be going, more or less, to the 3rd round of the group phase, the hostilities of the final phase of another millionaire event are about to start.
And who will be the main candidates to reach the grand final in Istanbul? Is it time for Guardiola’s Manchester City to finally make the heavy investment made in recent seasons count and correspond outside England?
Will PSG, on the shoulders of Neymar and Mbappé, be back in the final, a year after their first finalist status in their history?
Or will Liverpool from Mané and Salah reach the final again two years later?
Without Thiago, but with the addition of Sané to a deeper team than last season, will Bayern have enough weapons to achieve the so difficult and prestigious “back to back”?
Not forgetting the Spanish colossus (Real Madrid and Barcelona), whose jerseys can always weigh on this type of decision, and of course the Juventus of Cristiano Ronaldo, who kept the main pearls but is still lacking.
CRISTIANO RONALDO EIGHT GAMES AWAY FROM BREAKING ANOTHER RECORD
The footballer with more titles collected (5) and more goals scored (130) since the European Champions Cup moved to the current Champions League format, Cristiano Ronaldo is one small step away from breaking yet another remarkable record.
At 35 years of age, the Portuguese international, currently recovering from Covid-19 infection in Turin, is just eight games away from beating the 177 mark regarding matches from group stages onwards (excluding pre-eliminatory games), for now held by Spain’s Iker Casillas, who hung up his gloves for FC Porto.
In order to add this one more record to his long list of achievements, Ronaldo will have to watch and help Juventus reach the quarter-finals of this Champions League.
This is because, needing to play eight matches and out of the opening game this Tuesday, against Dynamo Kyiv, Ronaldo will have virtually only five matches in the group stage and two more in the round of 16.
BRUNO FERNANDES AND POGBA HIT HEAD-ON WITH NEYMAR, MBAPPÉ… AND DANILO
After facing each other in the round of 16 of the 2018/19 edition, PSG and Manchester United are back against each other in the Champions League, now after the draw that put the two teams side by side in Group H, together with RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, this will be perhaps the biggest game of this 1st round of the Champions League.
The Parc des Princes pitch will host a true constellation of stars, with the possible clash between the Portuguese Danilo Pereira (PSG) and Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), without forgetting, of course, names like Paul Pogba or Marcus Rashford, on the English side, and Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, on the French side.
JOÃO FÉLIX’S ATLETICO DEBUT IN MUNICH AGAINST THE CHAMPIONS BAYERN
If Tuesday’s big game is scheduled for Paris, it will be Munich that will host the most mediatic spotlight next Wednesday.
In accounts referring to the 1st matchday of Group A, the Atletico Madrid of Diego Simeone will have a predictably complicated task, when visiting the Allianz Arena, home of the European title contenders Bayern Munich.