The Champions League second round is now well under way and so far the only really convincing team looks to be Real Madrid, although giants Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona are yet to play.
PSG did not appear to be at their dominating best against a Chelsea side who are floundering around mid-table in the Premier League. So much so that you worry for many of their players, and whether they’ll even be featuring at Euro 2016. Although Gary Cahill strengthened his case with a solid display in Paris, which is where the tournament final will be played.
Interestingly 2016 Euro betting with William Hill online – top notch odds for football betting – has began to kick off, with keen eyes on players such as Cahill for the England squad. Many young English players are emerging, although few are likely to be in the latter stages of the European Cup, given the obvious weakness of the British teams in Europe. Chelsea might still fancy their chances of overturning the deficit but they will need to keep a clean sheet and even with Cahill in top form this will be difficult against a dangerous PSG side who have goals in them. Chelsea’s home record has also been very poor, despite the 5-1 win against Newcastle at the weekend.
The player you’d imagine would go furthest is Welshman Gareth Bale, who has been in good form since Zidane took over the Spanish side. As for the other sides in the tournament Arsenal and Manchester City look unlikely to do too much in Europe, given their recent records and struggles to even get past this stage. Barcelona will almost definitely dump Arsenal out, with the gulf on quality between the sides absolutely huge.
Manchester City got an easy draw on paper with two legs against Ukrainian side Dinamo Kiev. You’d expect them to cruise through this round, but any side they face in the next leg will likely fancy their chances. City have a terrible record in Europe and are doing terribly domestically as well, with their form seeing them look like slipping away from a title challenge.
Realistically Barcelona could be the first team to defend the title in it’s current format although Pep Guardiola will see his time in Germany as a disappointment if the side don’t lift the title. He was brought into the club to create dominate in Europe and hasn’t done so yet. Worse still the manager he replaced had lifted it before his arrival.