Insyder August 11 Edition

One of the world’s most-watched football leagues will be making a major comeback starting this August as teams look to make this a historical season. The events of the summer transfer period have already promised viewers a thrilling season that will leave every sports fan glued to their screens on every match day.

Clubs have broken their banks to equip themselves with the world’s most sought after talents and most of all the undiscovered gems that will prove a threat to their rivals this coming season. Scouting agents have been on a spending spree as they look to satisfy the demands of coaches and arm their teams with the best players in the market.

This has left the competition wide open with no team, in particular, emerging as the most favourite to win any of the leagues. However, the Kruspondents from MFA have come up with a shortlist of the top five football teams to watch out for from the top five major leagues in Europe. 

1. Juventus 

“Juventus will win the Champions League. I don’t know if it’ll be this year or the next, but it’s coming,” stated Ronaldo over the summer. The Italian giants have stayed true to their word. Their thirst for the Champions League trophy will not stop until they quench it by clinching the title.

This transfer season, they have boosted their team by bringing in former Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri to bring in a more attacking Sarriball to Turin. They have also boosted the midfield by signing former PSG maestro, Adrien Rabiot and Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. They have also strengthened their ageing defence by bringing in Champions League semi-finalist and Ajax wonder kid, Matthijs De Ligt and Danilo from Manchester City.

In addition, they have succeeded in keeping Paulo Dybala at the club. With Ronaldo up front alongside Dybala and Mandzukic, they have a lethal attacking power. Will they win the Champions League this season?  

2. Barcelona 

After a disappointing and embarrassing exit from last season’s Champions League campaign, Barcelona is looking at making a major comeback this season. The Catalans made another record signing by robbing their Madrid rivals of their French star man, Antoine Griezmann for  120 million euros.

They also grabbed Frankie De Jong from Ajax to boost their already very strong but ageing midfield. Branded the domestic GOATs due to their failure to clinch the Champions League in the past several years, they seem hungrier than ever to break this curse.  

3. Real Madrid 

This is the one team that really needed this transfer season. Real Madrid had their worst ever season in 2018-19, suffering some of the most humiliating defeats ever after letting go of Zinedine Zidane.

However, they are looking to change that narrative this season after bringing back Zizou to the Bernabeu and breaking their bank accounts to rob the transfer market.

Zizou has already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea who seems to be a perfect replacement for Ronaldo, Luka Jovic from Frankfurt, Eder Militao from Porto and Ferland Mendy from Lyon. Will they regain their Zizou form again? Most likely. 

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4. Manchester City 

The Citizens have maintained their domestic dominance after putting up a convincing Community shield win over Liverpool. Manchester City made history last season after winning a domestic treble and proving their domestic dominance despite not replicating the same at the international stage.

This season they are looking to doing just that, under the guidance of tactician, Pep Guardiola. They have boosted their defence after the departure of their long-serving captain Vincent Kompany, by bringing in Joao Cancelo from Juventus.

With Fernandinho also ageing, they have purchased defensive midfielder, Rodri from Atletico Madrid to give him a boost. They have also managed to keep Bayern Munchen target Leroy Sane at the club. This looks like a Champions League season for City! 

5. Atletico Madrid 

Diego Simeone’s frustration with the Champions League might be over very soon. After losing Antoine Griezmann, Rodri, Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis and Diego Godin, everybody thought it was the end of an era for Simeone, but it was the beginning of another one.

They have brought in Joao Felix, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Llorente and Kieran Trippier. Atletico Madrid seems to already be gearing up to a fantastic season after thrashing Real Madrid 7-3 in a pre-season match.

The race for the Champions League this time round will be tougher than ever before!  

This article first appeared on the August 11th Insyder Issue in the Sunday Standard.