While football doesn’t stop even in summer, living on the emotions of the America’s Cup, Women’s World Cup, African Cup and European Under-21 Cup, the clubs have already started to work for the next football season. A year that, depending on the country, will begin to staggered periods, but that will have a great and unique appointment for all the potentates of football of the Old Continent: the Champions League. It is no mystery that the most important teams in Europe first point to the main continental competition for clubs and then to their national tournaments. Outstanding examples are those of PSG, Manchester City and Juventus, for years undisputed rulers in their countries, but unable to raise to the sky the cup from their big ears. Let’s take a look at the final victory, also giving some advice on who to bet for the final victory.
The betting sites give favorite to the success of the Champions Manchester City, quoting it at 6.00, before Barcelona at 7.00, Liverpool and Real Madrid at 9.00 and Juventus at 10.00 (odds at 22 June 2019). The last edition of the Champions dei citizens was a real mockery. A safe path up to the quarter-finals collided against an adverse fate that saw them succumb before Tottenham. Guardiola’s men have so much to complain, both against themselves for the many wasted opportunities and against the misfortune for the goal of hand suffered by Llorente and for the goal canceled at the VAR in full recovery and that would have given access to the semifinals. After a long shot and spring Guardiola remained at the helm of the City and we can bet that the Spanish manager will want to strengthen even more a team that seems to have no weaknesses.
Also the Champions of Barcelona had sinister parallels with that of the City. The Spaniards went all the way to the semifinals, where it seemed they had managed to tame Liverpool, giving them a 3-0 win in the first leg at Camp Nou. The unthinkable thing, however, happened in Anfield, where the Reds without Salah and Firmino managed to sell a 4-0 to the Blaugrana in an epic game. Almost a replay of what happened a year ago in Rome. Despite the knockout, Valverde remained in the saddle, but he won’t be able to afford any more false steps from here on in. As La Gazzetta dello Sport explains, in the meantime the club has already put its hands on Frenkie de Jong for 75 million from Ajax, but Valverde will also be called upon to make more expensive investments of past seasons such as Dembele, Malcom, Coutinho and Vidal.
After so many lost finals, Klopp finally managed to raise a trophy to the sky, taking Liverpool back to the top of Europe since Benitez. Paradoxically, the Reds could be one of the few continental club mice to pay more attention to the championship than to the Champions League. The Premier has been missing for 30 years now and the attempts made in recent seasons have all gone wrong, albeit for very little. What is going to start could, so, be really the right year to put our hands on the championship. Especially if you think that the German coach will be able to count on an important budget to support a rose already of the highest quality.
A different speech for Real Madrid that comes from the worst season of recent years. Zidane’s return to the bench has not served to raise the merengues, eliminated unexpectedly by Ajax in Champions, far from Barcelona in La Liga and not competitive even in the King’s Cup. A real disaster following the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo that has had explosive effects on the whole environment. A total revolution is needed and society has already started to work before time, spending, even before the official opening of the market, more than 300 million, served to bring to Santiago Bernabeu Eden Hazard from Chelsea for 100 million, the star Luka Jovic for 60 million from Eintracht Frankfurt, the central defensive Eder Militao for 50 million from the Port, Ferland Mendy for 48 million from Lyon and the promising 18-year-old Brazilian Rodrygo for 45 million from Santos.
Closing on Juve that for the moment has dedicated itself especially to the issue coach, after having separated with Allegri. Maurizio Sarri will be the coach for the next seasons, called to replicate in Europe what he did, albeit in the Europa League, with Chelsea. In Turin, now, the first important market hits are expected to go with even more conviction to hunt for the Champions.