Introduction to Champions League Standings
The Champions League 2021-2022 season has been a football fan’s dream. Europe’s top clubs went head to head to battle it out in Paris, but they are already looking forward to Istanbul in 2023. This year, the group stages featured Chelsea versus Real Madrid, Manchester City versus Atletico Madrid, Villareal versus Bayern, and Benfica versus Liverpool. Liverpool advanced to face Villareal, and Manchester City faced off against Real Madrid in the semifinals.
The win in the 2022 final by Real Madrid over Liverpool displayed that experience is a key factor to a team’s success in the deep rounds of the competition. We can reflect on the 2022 Champions League season and look forward to picks and odds for the next year’s Champions League season. Although one of the major deciding factors going into the season is the business that football clubs will look to do in the summer to improve their squads, it’s important to understand the standings to qualify for the competition.
Understanding Champions League Standings
After an enjoyable Champions League season with Real Madrid winning their 14th European Cup, fans can start to look forward to next season’s odds and picks.
The title race between Manchester City and Liverpool in the English Premier League this year will hopefully continue into next year’s season. Both of these teams with world class managers and world class players will look to challenge in all competitions. Manchester City wrapped up the EPL season with a 29-6-3 record and made the semifinal after going out of the competition in an embarrassing fashion. Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp fell short by finishing with 92 points with a 28-8-2 record in the Premier League but also fell short in the final to Real Madrid. Additionally, Jurgen Klopp will potentially have to move forward with the Reds without Sadio Mane.
The top 4 of the EPL ended with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspurs, so Arsenal and Manchester United fell into the Europa League. The notable clubs from other top leagues around the league include Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli, PSG, Marseille, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Sporting CP, Ajax, and much more.
The picks and odds for next season heavily rely on each club’s transfer business. For example, Kylian Mbappe would have dramatically changed the odds in Real Madrid’s favor if he selected to join them instead of PSG and Erling Haaland helps add firepower to the already impressive Manchester City attack. The favorites of the Champions League for the 2023 season will include Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, and potentially other clubs that splash the cash in the upcoming summer.