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2021 UEFA Champions League Odds and Futures, Contender Tiers

Europe's elite soccer competition is right about to start, and, of course, it's time to not only look to at the groups, but at the contenders and, of course, the odds of them to win the whole thing.

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Here are the tiers we will be using:

  • Champs or Bust: These teams' only way to fulfill expectations is to win the Champions League.
  • The Pretenders: These clubs may surprise the competition by going all the way to win it.
  • Dark Horses: These are the teams that aren't among the top favorites, but can cause upsets to even the top.
  • UCL Teams: Teams that deservedly are in the Champions League but represent no significant threats.
  • What are we doing here?: Teams with no right to compete.

Now that we are clear on that, let's rank these clubs and go over their UEFA Champions League odds!

Champs or Bust

Bayern Munich (+350): Reigning champions have to be here. They kept much of the squad that won the trophy last season and had an outstanding offseason bringing the likes of Leroy Sané and Douglas Costa, among others. Bayern is a powerhouse and nothing, but gold will suffice.

Manchester City (+375): Pep Guardiola's side keeps their spot as one of the tournament's favorites despite their constant shortcomings. Even though they have a phenomenal starting XI, their squad is a bit thin.

However, when Guardiola coaches you, and you've been aiming for the Champions League for years now, the title is the only thing that counts.

Liverpool (+450): Arguably the best team in the world with Bayern, 'The Reds' won the 2019 edition and did it convincingly. They are the current Premier League champions, which they won months in advance before the end of the season.

With the most feared attack in soccer, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino received a boost in chance creation with the arrival of Thiago Alcantara. Watch out for Klopp's side.

The Pretenders

Real Madrid (+1000): I know what you're thinking. How can a 13-time champion and soccer-royalty club not be in the top tier? Easy. Real Madrid is not as deep a squad as they've been in previous years.

The 'Merengues' are a very young team now, led by Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, and Karim Benzema as a core. But their bench is not as deep, and their last exit vs. Man City was a clear sign that Madrid isn't the powerhouse it once was.

PSG (+850): Last year's runner-ups also come as pretenders. Even though they have stellar talent in Keylor Navas, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, and Marco Verratti, this team lost hard in the offseason.

Semifinals hero Choupo-Mouting parted to Bayern, their decade-long captain Thiago Silva went to Chelsea, and that's a big problem. PSG needs a leader, and they just don't have one anymore.

Juventus (+1200): If you have 'Mr. Champions' Cristiano Ronaldo on your side, you have to be a threat to the rest. Juventus has the talent to join CR7, but there are some concerns.

They don't have many wingers on their roster, and they have a rookie coach in Andrea Pirlo, who even though he was a legendary player, it remains to be seen if he can coach with Europe's elite.

Dark Horses

Barcelona (+1200): Barcelona is in shambles, but they face a new era with Ronald Koeman as a coach and still have Lionel Messi to have their hopes high.

Barcelona has suffered absolute disasters in the last four editions of the Champions League and wants to get back to European glory.

Chelsea (+1800): Call me crazy, but Chelsea's transfer window may be one of the best in recent memory, and that pushes 'The Blues' to a whole new level.

With Frank Lampard at the helm, Chelsea has shown real signs of progression, and indeed they will be a problem even for the top teams.

Borussia Dortmund (+2000): Dortmund is always a tough night out, especially when you visit the Signal Iduna Park. With youngster sensation Erling Haaland, veteran legend Marco Reus, and an excellent roster all-around, Dortmund is a problem.

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UCL Teams

Atlético Madrid (+1600): Solid team, tough to beat, but their European expectations have lowered drastically in the last years. However, they have Luis Suárez now.

Manchester United (+2000): They made good signings for this season, but are way too far below the top teams, and their coach is suspect.

Atalanta (+2800): One of the most exciting teams to watch? Yes. One of the most dynamic offenses in soccer? Yes. Are they capable of winning the Champions League? No. Atalanta is entertainment, goals in bunches, and plenty of action, but still fall short to top teams.

Inter Milan (+2800): The second-year with Antonio Conte, a very well-rounded squad, Inter will fight to top its group, but they aren't prepared to challenge for the silverware just yet.

Lazio (+6000): Lazio just had a historic season in Serie A, even if they fell short at the end. With one of Europe's deadliest strikers in Ciro Immobile, an elite chance creator like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and the long-distance shooting of Andreas Pereira, Lazio will be fun to watch.

RB Leipzig (+5000): Leipzig is fresh off a semifinal appearance, but circumstances were good to them. Now, they may battle and be fun to watch, but surely won't get to the final four.

Sevilla (+5000): UEL monarchy belongs to them, but can Sevilla push for Europe's top competition instead of reigning in the lower level continental trophy? They lack squad depth to do so.

Ajax (+7000): Exciting brand of soccer, incredible prospects, amazing coach. Ajax is a Champions League fit, but not to win it, they just said goodbye to their best player in Hachim Ziyech.

Porto (+7000): Malang Sarr and Felipe Anderson are top-level additions to the Portuguese giants. However, they will get you to play at a high level, not an elite one.

Borussia Monchengladbach (+9000): Fast-paced, no non-sense team, Monchengladbach is like the pandora box of this year's edition of UCL, they can provide or suffer upsets.

Zenit St Petersburg (+10000): Their home advantage is very strong, just because of the weather alone. Combine that with a versatile team and quality wingers, and you have a possible Cinderella story in Zenit.

Marseille (+15000): Very attacking side with serious firepower. If given a chance, Marseille will finish you quick, fast, and in a hurry.

What are we doing here?

Shakhtar Donetsk (+15000): Good Brazilians on their squad but that's about it.

Istanbul Basaksehir (+15000): I mean, what? They can end up in the group stages as the most beaten team in the whole tournament.

Lokomotiv Moscow (+15000): Have seen better days, not an easy group either. Mere fillers.

Rennes (+15000): Some good young players like Camavinga, but nothing more to see.

Club Brugge (+15000): They'd do a better continental appearance in the Europa League, but wind up in UCL, and it's like boys vs. men.

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