Now we reach the stage of the last 16 for the Champions League who will be the winner come May at Wembley Stadium.
The holders Chelsea find themselves out at the group stage this is the first time this has ever happened. The Premier League champions Manchester City also find themselves out, without even winning a game. So is the Premier League the best league in the world? Arsenal have little chance of winning it & Manchester United I feel will get let down by conceding too many goals and a weak midfield. However that argument is for another day.
From the sides left in the tournament of course Barcelona & Real Madrid are the favourites. However I feel the winners could be not from these two massive clubs. Barcelona have of course the best player in the world but a small issue is their defence. With Puyol & Pique picking up injuries more often and playing Mascherano at centre back may be their down fall. If they were to have brought a centre back in January that would have sorted the problem, but I feel that it could cost them in the end. Real Madrid had a fantastic chance last season to reach the final but lost the semi final at the Bernabeu. I think Mourinho’s boys will get very close again but may find themselves unlucky again. Drawing Man Utd is hard but it seems the dressing room is split with Mourinho acting like he is on his way out this may stop them winning it.
I think it could be the year for a German team. Borussia Dortmund are a fantastic young side with players such as Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski and Hummels all attacking attention from European heavyweights this side could go all the way. The other side are Bayern Munich, they much like Dortmund play similar style, clear leaders in Germany and they will want to go one better then last year. An outside chance is money bags PSG they drew Valencia in the next round which you would expect them to beat. Plus with Beckham around the club is on a high. Juventus may be a dark horse as the old lady with great home support and solid Italian defending could see them go a long way.