The Champions League is about to wrap up the group stage next week, so let’s take a look at the three top favorites to win it all, as well as a dark-horse candidate.
Odds to win the Champions League
Manchester City is still the favorite to win it all and deservedly so. The Citizens have run through the group stage so far, and with players like Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero and Kevin De Bruyne, their offense is always going to be on point.
Pep Guardiola has won everything as a manager and wants to become one of a handful of coaches to win the Champions League with two different clubs.
Liverpool is on fire, both in the English Premier League and in the Champions League. The three-headed attack of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have dazzled all season long, and they could have the tools to defend their Champions League title.
The Liverpool defense is still among the best in the world, and defense wins championships. This team is built for the long haul, and should the Reds not suffer any crucial injuries, they will be the team to beat.
When you have one of the greatest players of all time on your roster, you’re going to be a favorite. But Barcelona is more than just Lionel Messi. Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann continue to help pace La Blaugrana. Their key to winning it all may be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Marc-André ter Stegen, at the top of his game.
Real Madrid, a longshot? The club has had a tumultuous season so far in Champions League, but you can never count out the 13-time champion. Eden Hazard is starting to get going, Karim Benzema is having the best season of his career and the team starting to get contributions from several other players. Can Real Madrid pull it together and be the last standing? It all comes down to the defense and how much it can bend without breaking.