Will Real Madrid dominate the Champions League once more?
The third “Real’” victory in a row firmly established the Castillian club’s monopoly on the greatest prize in club football. But with their apparent supremacy now established, will Real face a more coherent challenge in 2019?
This would appear to be the opportune moment, with Zidane having already departed and the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo recently trading Madrid for Turin. There now appears to be a potential power vacuum on the European footballing scene. It is apt, especially from a Spanish perspective, that the Wanda Metropolitano will be the setting for the attempted break of Real’s dominance.
But will the likes of Juventus and Atleti provide Real’s sole challenge? We shouldn’t forget that before the hegemony of Spanish clubs, the last winners were the champions of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich. It’ll be also very interesting to look at PSG. The Parisian team continue to build towards Champions League success, and the likes of Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani, Di Maria, Lo Celso, and Thiago Silva would walk into almost any team on the continent; maybe the French haven’t quite finished their quest for trophies with this summers World Cup triumph.
That said, most would point towards the Premier League as the source of Real’s main threat; Liverpool and Manchester City look to be two of the strongest claims. Summer recruits have bolstered Liverpool heavily, whilst City will look to build on a hugely successful 17/18 season by building on domestic success with a long European campaign.
It is clear that the UEFA Сhampions League will be an intriguing contest this season.