With the UEFA Champions League back, all eyes fall upon the 2015 champs and current favorites which just happens to be one of the best teams to ever play the game. Of course I am talking about FC Barcelona. With and formidable front three in Neymar, Messi, and Suarez, backed by the veteran captain Iniesta and the Croatian super star Rakitic, and a stone wall keeper in ter Stegen, this team looks poised to reclaim their title as champions.
Although this elite squad may seem unbeatable, many teams believe they have what it takes to knock the Spanish juggernaut off their mighty throne. The only question is, who can ACTUALLY do it?
The first team that comes to mind when someone says Barcelona is none other than their mortal La Liga rivals and 2016 Champions League victors, Real Madrid. Boasting a player that many would argue as the best player to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo plans to lead his incredibly stacked team to sit upon the Champions League throne as the greatest football club. Real Madrid has a wicked attack that gives even the best defenses in the world problems. Lead by the infamous Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, the fast pace, relentless pressure the team is capable of makes teams wilt allowing, these star strikers to put up goals late in the game. A solid midfield led by the young James Rodriguez, runs circles around their opponents with sharp passing, incredible pace, and even incredible shooting talent of their own. A roster like this stacked with big names such as Luka Modric, Pepe, Toni Kroos, and Sergio Ramos, wouldn’t be complete without a lights out keeper. Fortunately for them, that is exactly what Keylor Navas is. This Spanish squad is here to win and needs to be seriously considered for the crown.
The next team that has a legitimate chance at stealing the title is German FC Bayern Munich. Bayern builds its team off of the best keeper in the world. Manuel Neuer showed the world in the last world cup why no one can compete with him. His ability to in goal allows his team to put teams away with very few goals. Not that they can’t score though. The German attack led by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller provide a tough match up for the highest tier defenses in the world. Shown time and time again, this club is simply stacked. Combined with midfielders Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Arturo Vidal, and the Portuguese star Renato Sanches, and the shutdown defense of David Alaba and Mats Hummels, this team is no pretender to the throne.
Finally, you cannot forget the 2015 runners up Juventus. For any of you who forgot how the 2015 championship game went, here’s the highlight real (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2syrz6). I’m sure Juventus wishes they had those 4 minutes back. They came SO CLOSE to glory. If it wasn’t for those two back to back goals, that game may have ended very differently. However, despite the loss, they’re back… and they won’t be stopped this time. With the summer acquisition of one of Barcelona’s star backs Dani Alves, their defense consisting of Medhi Benatia, Leonardo Bonucci, and Stephan Lichtsteiner, looks to shutout even the most impressive assaults on goal. Backed buy a veteran keep in Gianluigi Buffon, and Gonzalo Higuain at the tip of the spear, Juventus is looking to take whats their this season.
With these four teams fighting it out for the title, this years Champions League is going to be just ridiculous. Who do you think has what it takes to take it all?