What is the UEFA Champions League?
The UEFA Champions League is the most famous and important official football tournament of all the competitions arranged by the Union of European Football Associations (shortly UEFA) at the club level, as well as one of the most remembered worldwide.
Previously, the Champions League was known as the European Cup. The final of the UCL is the most anticipated sporting event of the year, which is seen by more than 300 million people approximately.
Who are traditional favourites?
As always, we have to consider as front-runners the club that won the previous UEFA Champions League (in this case, Chelsea) however when it comes to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or any other elite club, they inevitably find themselves in the favourites.
When it comes to the continent’s elite club competition, Real Madrid is the biggest club in the history of this tournament: no one has lifted more trophies (a legendary 13 titles) or played, won, drawn and lost more matches. In addition, the one who has scored and shipped the most goals.
Los Blancos have played a total of 51 editions of the UEFA Champions League and the European Cup, eleven more than their nearest rival, the Liga NOS giants Benfica), playing a total of 451 matches in the competition, 89 more than the German heavyweights Bayern Munich, which ranks second in this standings.
The Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, is the club in the highest place that has never lifted the European Cup and reached the final.
The Galacticos have averaged one title every 35 matches played. It is the best record of any team in the top 30, but not that great of 1982 champion Aston Villa (one trophy in 15 matches) or Nottingham Forest (two trophies in 20 matches, one each. ten European Cup games).
As outfits now have to play at least thirteen games to clinch the UEFA Champions League title, Forest’s record is unconquerable as long as they do not qualify for Europe again and raise their average.
UEFA Champions League odds (the 2021-22 season)
As of this moment, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is the clear favourite to win the UCL next season, as the Citizens are currently 3.75 to win.
The only other side with the same status is Bayern Munich, which is currently registered at 6.00 to win. Chelsea and Liverpool are both 9.00 to win, while another Premier League club Manchester United is currently listed at 11.00.
The top 20 outfits and their odds to win:
Manchester City, 3.75
Bayern Munich, 6.00
Manchester United, 11.00
Paris Saint-Germain, 13.00
Real Madrid, 15.00
Atletico Madrid, 26.00
Borussia Dortmund, 34.00
Inter Milan, 41.00
RB Leipzig, 51.00
AC Milan, 67.00