With the presence of Angel di Maria, Benfica’s attack power has increased significantly. After 3 appearances, the Argentine player scored 2 goals.
The Portuguese representative is in the same group as runner-up Inter Milan, Real Sociedad and Salzburg. The Goal page assesses that they will be able to pass the round of 16 and if they are lucky, the opportunity to go far at UCL this year will be in the hands of Di Maria and his teammates.
9. Inter Milan
Inter went to the final match last season. However, this season, the team’s strength has decreased when Romelu Lukaku and Andre Onana left. Meanwhile, except for rookie Marcus Thuram, they only added two aging stars, Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic.
Even so, Goal believes they will still make it through to the group stage thanks to the ingenious leadership from Simone Inzaghi.
8. Paris Saint-Germain
The French team has parted ways with Lionel Messi and Neymar, but as long as Kylian Mbappe is with PSG, they are still a force.
The Serie A champion has faced many speculations about the possibility of breaking up a series of pillars. However, until now, except for Kim Min-jae’s case, they still have the close duo Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
With a strong force, new coach Rudi Garcia is expected to help Napoli pass the group stage.
6. Atletico Madrid
Atletico is having quite an impressive start to the new season. They won 7 points after the first 3 matches in La Liga, scoring 10 goals and conceding only 1 goal.
With Antonie Griezmann back in shape, Diego Simeone’s side can pose a threat to any opponent.
The Gunners have a young squad and a desire to win. Although Mikel Arteta still has not been able to find the optimal squad formula after they recruited a series of rookies, but with the Premier League team falling into a fairly easy group (Sevilla, Lens and PSV), the opportunity goes. The future is clearly open.
4. Real Madrid
Blockbuster signing Jude Bellingham is bringing great excitement to Madridistas as he continuously shines. However, Real may still have great difficulties in terms of personnel in the context of Karim Benzema’s departure, Vinicius Junior is out for at least 6 weeks. In addition, the injuries of the duo Courtois and Eder Militao are also quite complicated.
Therefore, in a match with Napoli present, Real may experience tough matches.
Barca is gradually regaining its position under Xavi. Last summer, they also added quality contracts such as Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo.
However, after carrying out the process of purifying the squad, Barca’s force became quite thin. While Robert Lewandowski also did not perform as expected. This will be the point that Blaugrana fans should pay attention to.
2. Bayern Munich
Poor defense and a lack of firepower were the two reasons why Bayern Munich could not beat Manchester City in the Champions League last season. So with the addition of Kim Min-jae and Harry Kane, Thomas Tuchel really has a chance to lead the Bavarian team to the championship.
1. Manchester City
Pep Guardiola lost a series of gods when Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez left and Kevin de Bruyne suffered a long-term injury. However, he also has quality rookies such as Josko Gvardiol and Jeremy Doku.
Two new choices plus a star cast already imbued with Pep’s philosophy are enough to help Man City make the dream of winning 2 UCLs in a row come true.
Truong Son | 20:03 September 1, 2023