According to Marca, bookmakers have named the giants of La Liga as the sixth favorite to win the UEFA Champions League this season. Real Madrid have not been impressive in the tournament in the current campaign, and bookmakers do not expect Los Blancos to win the coveted Champions League trophy this year.
Real Madrid is the only remaining La Liga team in the tournament that now has three teams from the Premier League, two from the Bundesliga and one from the Primera Liga. According to bookmakers, only Borussia Dortmund and FC Porto have less chances of winning the Champions League than the Spanish side.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are considered favorites to lift the trophy Liverpool and Chelsea are also placed ahead of Los Blancos on the bookmakers list.
Real Madrid was eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 by Manchester City last season. Los Blancos failed to bolster their squad over the summer, and as a result, their chances of winning the trophy this term are believed to be slim.
The Spanish giants also missed the services of Eden Hazard. However, even if the Belgian returns to fitness in time for the quarterfinals, a change in Real Madrid’s wealth in the Champions League this season is not expected. Hazard has played just three of Real Madrid’s eight games in Europe this season and is currently caring for a muscle injury.
Real Madrid could be the dark horses in this season’s UCL
Real Madrid have been drawn in a tough group in the Champions League this season, along with Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk.
However, the giants of La Liga still managed to place in the knockout phase of the competition. The protégés of Zinedine Zidane won three of the six games in the group stage while losing twice, but managed to lead the group with ten points.
In the knockout phase, Los Blancos won the away game against Atalanta with 1: 0, and then secured a 3: 1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, to equalize the overall score with 4: 1.
However, bookmakers only offer a bet of 11 euros per bet for Real Madrid winning the Champions League. It remains to be seen whether Zidane can conjure up a miracle and prove that the disgusting are wrong.