While the dust has barely settled on Liverpool going one better than 2018 with victory in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final in Madrid, bookmakers are already offering prices on next year’s competition. A highly controversial early penalty dispatched by Mo Salah followed by substitute Divock Origi’s late strike sealed a sixth European Cup success for the Reds over first-time finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
This all-Premier League encounter at Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano was the first Champions League final to feature two English teams since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow back in 2008. Jurgen Klopp, so often the nearly-man in European finals, finally has a Champions League triumph on his resume after being bested with Liverpool by Real Madrid in the previous season and Bayern Munich when in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
When you consider the great strides made by the Reds under Klopp and how close they pushed Manchester City on the home front in the Premier League, using a bet365 free bet on odds of 7/1 for them to retain the Champions League in 2020 is something to consider.
City just pipped Liverpool to the trophy that all fans wanted to be brought to Anfield this past season, though. While the Merseyside club have still yet to win the title in the Premier League era, Pep Guardiola’s Etihad side just retained it.
Champions League glory continues to elude Man City, but a renewed and serious challenge is expected from them in the coming campaign. As 5/1 favourites, Guardiola may finally deliver the European trophy he twice won with Barcelona.
Speaking of the Spanish giants, they too are expected to come again with possible changes in personnel over the summer. Barca have an ageing core for their squad, unlike Liverpool, and they only won one trophy – La Liga – this season just past, so it was seen as a major disappointment.
Nonetheless, Barcelona remain respected by oddsmakers at 6/1 to win the Champions League in 2020. Their El Clasico rivals Real Madrid lifted the European Cup in three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018, and more sweeping changes are expected at the Bernabeu as they rebuild the squad.
The return of Zinedine Zidane to Real is likely to lead to a major overhaul of the players on the roster. Despite this, an 8/1 price is available with British sportsbooks for Real Madrid to win a 14th European Cup in the coming season.
Paris St-Germain, who dominate French soccer, are still desperate for Champions League success. Like Man City, it is the long-term goal of the club’s investors. Provided PSG keep hold of star players Neymar and KylianMbappe, they are always going to be considered dangers from a betting standpoint. They are trading at 9/1 for next season’s Champions League.