A new edition of the UEFA Champions League is approaching and the chances of the great teams in Europe are renewed in search of lifting the Orejona in this season 21-22. With a transfer market with important transfers involved, several candidates are looming to win. Spanish teams, who have not won a Champions League since 2018, they will have the opportunity to say present again and remind the Old Continent that they can still fight.
Three years have passed since the last Champions League in Spain. After the wonderful years of Real Madrid Under the command of Zidane, Cristiano, Ramos and company, Merengue set the bar high in Spanish football and achieved a treble in 2016, 2017 and 2018, in addition to also obtaining the 2014 edition. Messi’s Barcelona had accompanied the Spanish wave in 2015, defeating Juventus in the final to be crowned.
However, after that 2018, Spanish football stopped appearing on the front page of the UEFA Champions League to make way for, mainly, English teams. And it is that there have been two finals between Premier teams in the last three years. Liverpool defeated Tottenham in 2019 and Chelsea, the last champion, beat Pep’s City. In 2020 there was an unprecedented final: PSG came to this stage for the first time and faced Bayern Munich in a match that was left to the Germans.
Since that Orejona del Merengue in 2018, not only did no Spanish team reach the final, but only two teams reached a semi-final: Barcelona in 2019 and Real Madrid in 2020. The aggregate of these encounters is also the way in which they were eliminated. The Culé team lost a series they had won against Liverpool after winning 3-0 at the Camp Nou. However, Klopp’s men did not give their arm to twist and took the second match with a resounding 4-0 at Anfield to tear down the Blaugranas illusions. The following year, Barcelona fell to Bayern Munich 8-2 in a win that surprised everyone.
Madrid, for its part, he faced Chelsea in the semis of the last edition and fell 3-1 on aggregate in a game in which he never felt comfortable. In addition, they were eliminated twice in the round of 16 against Manchester City and Ajax in an unusual instance for a team that had just achieved so much on a continental level.
Atlético Madrid is the third Spanish team in contention in recent Champions League seasons. Simeone’s men managed to reach the final in 2014 and 2016, but they could not reach that instance again in recent years. The quarter-finals in 2020 and subsequent loss to Leipzig was the furthest he got between 2018 and 2021.
This year does not seem to be good for the Spanish either. Barcelona will no longer have Lionel Messi while Madrid, now under the command of Ancelotti, He still cannot find a fluid game after Cristiano’s departure and betting on a good season of Eden Hazard. The Spanish candidate is Atlético Madrid. The Colchonero has been reinforced with great players and will have Antoine Griezmann back after his time in Barcelona; added to that, it will have Rodrigo De Paul and Matheus Cunha like great additions, and he did not lose any weight component for this season. Saúl’s departure to Chelsea is the only loss, even though Cholo will have a squad to supplant him.
Despite this analysis, the great contenders for the title are not found in Spain: the PSG of Messi, Neymar and Mbappé appears as the team that takes all the votes to lift the Orejona. Not only will he have this powerful trident, but he will also complete a great squad with Sergio Ramos, Paredes, Verratti, Di María, Donnarumma, Marquinhos and Wijnaldum among others.. Chelsea is not far behind. The last champion was reinforced again to go in search of the title and took the services of Romelu Lukaku, the powerful Belgian striker who has just raised the Scudetto in Italy with Inter and is already responding with goals in the Premier. Manchester United does not want to get out of the fight and added to ‘Mr. Champions League ‘ and Raphael Varane to win again in the Old Continent: Cristiano Ronaldo returned home, debuted with a double and, together with Sancho and Bruno Fernandes, they become a threat to any rival on duty. Pep’s City wants their first Champions League and they hired Grealish, one of the best season players at Aston Villa, to add more game and good footing to a full midfield. Finally, We must not leave aside other teams that are always protagonists and that will surely do it again in this edition: Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
Added to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, Spain will have two more representatives who can surprise and go far in the Champions League: Seville and Villarreal. The Andalusian team was reinforced with good players and, after having a great season in Spain, they want to expand their dreams towards Orejona. The Yellow Submarine, for its part, comes from defeating the Red Devils in the final of the Europa League and will seek to fight on the main stage of Europe.