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Wednesday Debate No.17- Who will be the Champions of the ChampionsLeague?

April 24, 2013
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From the many to the few…

Good day to you reader and welcome to my little post perusing the path of which club will claim glory this year in the Champion’s League. To give some context: yesterday night Bayern stunned Barcelona in Germany 4-0 whilst today Borussia Dortmund played Real Madrid at home and stunned them again 4-1. So those are the contenders, let’s consider their chances. Also, please remember to leave a like and vote in the poll below! 

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Bayern as a reliable German car..

Bayern: Bayern are showing the efficiency and reliability of a German car, there is no danger of a breakdown anytime soon. As a unit they are greater than the sum of their parts although they have no special individuals who could turn a game when the need is dire. This I believe will cost them because whilst their final place is almost certainly secured I reckon their next match will be tricky and their lack of a Messi/Ronaldo who could win a game solo could ensure a silver medal for them.

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Dejected players after their 4-0 defeat to Bayern…

Barcelona: Whilst it may seem pointless to even consider Barcelona after Tuesday’s mauling, the pitch and referees were both stacked heavily against them in the first leg. Stranger things have happened at sea and considering Barca have precedent (coming from behind in the tie to beat AC Milan 4-0 in the second leg of the last 16) I would say their fans should maintain hope. They also have players with famtastic final pedigree, almost their entire team has multiple winners medals already so if they did reach the final they would feel very confident.

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Borussia Dortmund: The canary-coloured german masters of the counter attack have a great young side- although they are losing Gotze to Bayern from next season- and have real potential to win this tournament if not now, then in the future. Klopp’s Kids (like the name?) thrashed los Merengues on Wednesday and take a hefty advantage into the second leg. I also really rate their pace merchant Blaszczycowski who whilst being a nightmare to type out really is properly quick. 

Real Madrid: Jose’s men gong for their tenth European Cup and almost the whole city is behind them. Tactically Mourinho could have the beating of either Bayern or Barca and after playing Dortmund three times already in the year I’m sure he has something up his sleeve for the second leg. Furthermore, Ronaldo is getting fed up of the glorification of Messi and will want to show his credentials to be the best player in the world through these next matches in my opinion. I reckon a 3-0 win at the Bernabeu to send Madrid through is very doable but it certainly isn’t going to be easy. 

So overall, I perhaps foolishly maintain that Real Madrid will win the Cup this year. Their glittering all-star line-up combined with the fact that they gave up on the league months ago means that they will just have the quality and drive to take it in the final although overcoming Dortmund in the second leg will be no easy task. Next year though I’m already tipping Dortmund, who have the most exciting team in European football and are also in with a great chance of winning this year. What do you think? Leave a comment and vote in the poll below! Also please like if you did and remember to follow for more. Until the next time! 

 

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