Which soccer teams could potentially upset the odds in Europe this season?
Behind closed doors football has been a strange factor that players around Europe have needed to get used to. No longer is there a home advantage for the best teams, while there isn’t nearly as much pressure on away teams to sit in and take a draw.
Because of this, there could be a shock winner of the Champions League this season as the form book counts for very little. But, which team could surprise the odds just like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are aiming to do in the NFL predictions?
Manchester United kick-started their Champions League campaign with an impressive win against Paris Saint-Germain. The French finished as runners-up in the competition last season and were heavily expected to beat a United side that was competing in the Europa League last season with ease. However, United surprised all those watching around the world by claiming a 2-1 success.
Bruno Fernandes & Marcus Rashford scored the goals in the win for United. They could potentially achieve something in the Champions League this season, as they are very much set up to play well against the best teams in the world.
The low-block that they use against the best teams has already worked against Manchester City & Chelsea, while there are very few teams that have the caliber of attacking players that can flourish on the counter-attack.
Atletico Madrid are another side that are set up to do well in the Champions League, as they have shown over the past couple of seasons that they can defend strenuously against the best teams in the competition. Their prowess was once again on display last season as they knocked out the reigning champions Liverpool with a shock extra-time win at Anfield.
Mentally there are very few sides that are better than Atletico Madrid, and they have already demonstrated that by reaching the final of this competition on two occasions in the past ten years. There are questions surrounding their attack this season, as they don’t score nearly enough goals.
Atletico have already been kept out in three of their six games this season, including their 4-0 away defeat against Bayern Munich on the opening night.
German side Borussia Dortmund could also be set to surprise a few this season, as their talented squad looks set to reach the next level. Dortmund faces huge competition to achieve domestic success in Germany because of Bayern Munich, which means that they could get more jobs in Europe.
The squad has talent all over, but it is really the attacking players that they have that gives them a chance. Jadon Sancho is one of the world’s best right-wingers, while in Erling Braut Haaland, they have one of the finest young number nines in world football.
It isn’t known how long they will be able to keep this squad together, which means that this could be their final opportunity to win something before all the star players move on in the summer of 2021.