It has been announced that the Uefa Champions League 2021/2022 season would consist of eight (8) groups, with four clubs from each group vying for a place in the knockout stage.
Manchester United and Barcelona were both defeated in their first UCL games this week, despite the fact that they were both big clubs. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Real Madrid were all victorious in their first UCL games this week.
Despite the fact that a team's performance in the first round of the UCL does not influence whether or not they proceed to the knockout stage, it can provide insight into how strong they are and how far they can go in the season.
Based on their performance in their first match, the following five (5) clubs are most likely to progress to the next phase of the Uefa Champions League this season:
1. Bayern Munich
The first team on my list would be Bayern Munich, the reigning German champions. We were all witness to their performance against Barcelona on Tuesday, in which they thrashed the La Liga side 0-3 to move them to the top of the Group E standings.
On the basis of this result, I'm confident that you'll all agree with me that Bayern Munich's prospects of qualifying for the Uefa Champions League's knockout stage have reached an all-time high.
The Blues are without a doubt one of the most difficult teams to play against in the UCL this season. They have made significant additions to their roster, including the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, a world-class striker. Their performance against the Russian Gaints, Zenit St. Petersburg, indicates that they are likely to qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League.
3. Manchester City
When the Premier League champions took on RB Leipzig, they put on a spectacular display of their own. Ultimately, Manchester City scored six goals in the game for a total of nine goals in the match. In light of Pep Guardiola's recent declaration that he may leave Manchester City in 2023, the club's manager is certainly gunning for the Premier League title this season.
The Reds are in good form, as they have gone undefeated since the beginning of the campaign. They defeated AC Milan in their first round of the UCL. Despite the fact that it was a difficult match in which both sides were separated by a goal differential, Liverpool dominated the game and had numerous opportunities to score more goals. I believe they will qualify for the knockout phase based on their performance against AC Milan. I am not convinced.
Ajax may appear to be a small team because they do not have any world-famous players, but they have risen to become one of the top teams in the Uefa Champions League in recent years. It was against Sporting CP that Ajax played their first UCL match, which they won 1-5.
6. Real Madrid
There is no denying that Real Madrid have been consistent since the start of the season. In my perspective, a victory over Inter Milan would put them in a position to advance to the knockout stage.
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