Can Real Madrid Retain Their Champions League Crown?

With the Champions League group stages getting underway for the 2014/15 season, fans and punters alike will be eyeing up this season’s potential winners. After reaching last season’s final and breaking the monopoly in Spanish football by claiming the La Liga title, it would not be a surprise if Atletico Madrid went far in the competition again. Despite losing main talisman Diego Costa to Chelsea, the bookmakers still have them priced at 22/1. Last season’s losing semi-finalists Bayern Munich and Chelsea are both well fancied, especially with the history their managers have in the competition. Jose Mourinho’s team are as short as 13/2 to claim victory, whereas Munich can be backed at 4/1. But how will last year’s winner fair this time out?

After finally achieving “La Decima” in Lisbon last May, Real Madrid are hot favourites to repeat their success. And with Cristiano Ronaldo in red-hot form, as well as the Welsh Wizard Gareth Bale causing defences mayhem, it is hard to look past them. After strengthening their squad over the summer with the acquisitions of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, the bookmakers have Madrid at 7/2 to claim their 11th European crown. Other teams in with a chance are Manchester City and PSG (both 14/1), as well Borussia Dortmund, who are a little further out at 20/1.

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