Chelsea F.C.’s recent form has led to speculation that Mourinho’s men in blue are in with a decent chance of making it well into the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League. Some brave souls have even suggested they could win it.
For a side currently failing to occupy the top spot in the English Premier League, conquering all of Europe is a big ask, but you only need cast your mind back to Liverpool’s victory in the 2005 tournament to remind yourself that the best domestic pedigree does not necessarily guarantee the best results overseas, against top opposition.
And Chelsea’s form against top opposition has been highly impressive in recent matches. Beating Man City in the Premier League and soundly punishing Schalke ’04 away from home are achievements indicative of a team with serious capabilities. Having taken 6 points from 3 Champions League games with another 3 to play, Chelsea are well placed to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition, where having a knack for beating the very best teams can certainly come in handy…
There’s no doubting that Chelsea – along with fellow English sides Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal – are well and truly up-against-it in this year’s Champions League. Continental football is in rude health, with the Spanish clubs continuing to excel, the German Bundesliga by common consensus overtaking the Premier League in terms of quality and stout opposition coming from a number of emerging quarters including Turkey and Russia.
As per usual, the fiercest opposition is likely to come from Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two giants of Spanish and world club football who possess the monopoly of the very best players in the world; the Ronaldos, the Messis, the Bales… With the strongest squads in terms of quality, this competition is theirs to lose.
Nevertheless, they will meet with fierce opposition. Bayern Munich look incredibly strong are likely to progress as winners of their group, and the same goes for Paris Saint Germain, who have racked up a highly impressive nine points and goal difference of +11 from their first three matches alone. Chelsea will do well to emerge as the best contender amongst the English clubs in the competition, let alone amongst these dark horses from France and Germany.
The odds on a Champions League victory vary widely, so it’s advisable to check the market on sites such as The Greek Sportsbook before placing your bet. Odds vary from 12/1 to 15/1 on a range of popular sites surveyed.