Before I start this thread, I've gotta say that this forum has been very dull ever since the end of last season. A lot of members have left and others aren't really too active nowadays.
Therefore, the topic of this thread is one everyone simply loves. Who will win the Champions League in 2018? There are a lot of hungry sides, like Manchester City for instance. Barcelona also seems to have new hope. Other teams have slightly fallen off though, like Real Madrid and Atletico.
Post your thoughts of who you think and why they will win it,
PSG. They are stronger than last year and they got the player that kicked them out Neymar while Real,Barcelona,Bayern look weaker.
Arsenal in the choice? Man, that sad. :( But seriously, PSG, Real Madrid, Manchester City and maybe Barca are favorite for me with the performance they add until now. Juventus, Bayern or Manchester United could get a shot at it if they improve. Finally, Spurs and Besiktas could surprise if they keep their current momentum and bring their very best in the latter stage of the competition. Well, thats how I see it anyway.
I'd say Barcelona because there aren't any defensive minded teams this season that are good enough to pose a threat, which is how they always get knocked out from the competition. Juventus's defense isn't as good as it was last season from what we've seen so far like their 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou. As for Atletico, it seems like they won't even make it past the group stage. With those two out of the question, I don't really see a team that can "park the bus" effectively and stop their offensive threats.
Man City or PSG, the 2 most convincing sides in term of football.
Man City is having fun in EPL which IMO slightly tougher than League 1.
I voted Psg, but there is alot of uncertainty , I would say Bayern also have the next best shot, after that its would be close between barca , real madrid and man city
Some people voted Arsenal, nice!!
Emobot7 + Yvan21
Sorry lads, got so used to seeing Arsenal in the Champions League, completely forgot they were in Europa. Anyways let's not talk about Arsenal.
Golefty + Golazo111 + tuan_jinn
Personally, I think PSG's expectations are set way to high. They didn't really spend much on defense. In fact they didn't spend anything, they got Dani Alves. He's good but not that leader type of player PSG always needed.
I'll never forget Barcelona's comeback. The way they fought for Enrique was legendary, at the same time PSG were terrible.
@Amir_keal , you mention the comeback of Barcelona, but Psg bought the player that inspired that epic comeback, and they bought and Mbappe who was largely responsible for Monaco's success in last years champions league. Messi is always a threat, but look at their recent results against olympiacos,. I would still be surprised if PSG won UCL, a lot depends on the draws, they have a good shot because Barca/Real/Atleti/Bayern are not playing as well as they have in the past few seasons, so perhaps Juve will have a good shot aas well, i hope napoli can win their next two games and we get to see more of them in the group stage, i think they could also go far
I seriously can't take Barca comeback seriously though, especially when I learned the ref for that game was fired after a review of the game. I mean, I like Barcelona a lot, don't get me wrong, but that game was smelly as a salmon. :U
Way too early to tell who's going to win based on team's form in the group stages. How many times haven't we seen especially PSG, Man City and Pep's Bayern (now City) going through the group stages like it's nothing, just to be off form when it really matters? Last year Real Madrid played average in the group stage and finished 2nd in their group behind Dortmund. Yet they had no problem winning the cl again, where they eliminated only top quality teams with big numbers.
Man City and PSG obviously look very good at the moment, but I'm not convinced until they make it past the semis.
That's very true Pupper, but if you had to pick one team right now which would it be? :v Once they get to semis is 25% chance pretty much so it's not too much fun predicting then and looking back and seeing how wrong the prediction was (or right!) if you were to make it now :p
Haha, what I meant is, regardless of how good they have performed they are yet to perform in the knockout stages of the cl. I tought PSG was on a good run last season, until they got destroyed by Barca 6-1. I'm still not sure that won't happen again, despite buying Neymar and Mpbappe etc. All I'm saying is that I'm yet to see them deliver when it really matters. Also feel they have to "fail" first in order to win it. But I won't be too surprised if City or PSG wins it, if they can maintain their form for that long.
Too many wildcards this season so far imo :P I think either Barca or Bayern are going to win it. I will probably look so stupid in 5 months, but oh well.
PSG because they have Neymar dos Santos and he is the greatest footballer that has walked the ground of Parc des Princes stadium.
Don't ever include Arsenal in any poll of winning anything other than maybe FA cup, League cup and Community shield until board is reshuffled, manager removed and quality players are brought.
@Marcus Come on mate, Amir said himself it was a mistake, be chill. ;P As for Neymar being the greatest footballer that has walked the ground of the parc des princes, we musn't forget some other very great player has played for them before.