December 13th, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Who will win the Champions League?

Can Barcelona stars Xavi, left, and Carles Puyol lift the Champions League trophy again this season? (Getty Images)
Can Barcelona stars Xavi, left, and Carles Puyol lift the Champions League trophy again this season? (Getty Images)

CNN's World Sport will be broadcasting its predictions for 2011 in upcoming shows between December 31-January 2. First up in a series of preview blogs, Pedro Pinto takes a look at the contenders for this season's Champions League.

As we enter the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, which is where the competition truly comes to life, it’s time to look at who will be named Europe's best football team come May 28.

In order to lift the trophy you need three key ingredients: talent, desire and luck. You certainly don’t need to have all of them at the same time, but any club aiming to win the world’s top club competition will need to have plenty of each, at one time or another.

In my mind, there is only one club that has what it takes this season: Barcelona.

Let’s start with talent. No team in Europe has more of it than the Spanish champions. I don’t have to sit here and tell you how good Puyol, Xavi, Messi and company are. You know that. What I will do is give you some numbers to get my point across, and I will use Messi as the reference.

So far this season, little Leo has scored 24 goals in 20 games. That’s a goal every 75 minutes. If we thought his grand total of 47 last season was spectacular, then what are we going to say if he reaches the 60 mark? Because on this kind of pace, he will.

Messi’s numbers tell a story not only of individual brilliance, but of team success. If you have watched Barcelona play, then you know how dependent they are on ball circulation and the involvement of every player on the pitch. If the Argentine superstar is scoring that many goals, it’s because his teammates are creating them.

In the last seven games, Barcelona have netted 28 goals and those goals have been shared by 12 players. In other words, it’s not just Messi, David Villa or Xavi who are making the difference. This is a talented team playing at the top of their game and they will be impossible to stop over two legs when the round of 16 begins in February.

There will be plenty of burning desire in Barcelona’s squad to win the competition this year. Their heartbreaking semifinal defeat to Inter Milan last season will still be weighing heavily on their minds as they start the knockout phase.

I was at the Camp Nou when the defending champions were eliminated by the Nerazzuri, and I felt the anger and frustration in the air. Barca felt they were the best team in Europe and that they should have gone through. They will use that sentiment to fuel their title-winning run. Watch out for the Catalans making a statement as they march towards the title.

So what about that final ingredient, luck? Of course that is a variable, and I can’t predict at this stage of the season whether Pep Guardiola's team will be lucky with the various draws or in certain games. What I do believe is that in football as in life, you make your own luck, and a team that attacks as much Barcelona will always have a high probability of scoring goals and winning games.

So if Barcelona are the clear favourites, what other teams can make a run at the title? I am going to pick two others: Chelsea and Bayern Munich. The English club may be struggling at the moment but when John Terry and Frank Lampard return to full fitness, they will be as solid as ever. Furthermore, they will prioritize the Champions League over the Premier League, meaning coach Carlo Ancelotti will rest his stars for domestic games in order to win in Europe.

With Bayern Munich, now that star wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have recovered from injuries, the German champions will be a dangerous proposition despite this year's unexpectedly poor domestic form. They made the final last year and considering they have exactly the same squad this season, they could make the title match again.

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  1. Jake Sonyou

    Barcelona; yes

    I think The other two teams are a poor shout; Chelsea are a shadow of what they were last season where they didn't even get close to winning the Champion's League, and Bayern Munich were lucky to beat United in the semi-final, and are certainly not one of Europe's elite.

    You should have mentioned United, Spurs, Arsenal, Inter, and Real (I'd say their form against Barca recently was a one-off).

    Also, Barca aren't the gods that you make them out to be – yes they are technically the best team in the world now, but they aren't 'impossible' to beat over 2 legs, regardless of domestic form – United did it 2 years ago, Inter did it last year, and they haveand I think they will find the harder hitting, faster-paced premier league clubs a much more difficult task than the Spanish clubs. If Hercules can beat them 2-0 away at the Nou Camp, I don't see why any of the teams I've mentioned can't do something similar with the right tactics.

    December 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  2. Epoma

    I may be forced to agree with Pedro Pinto's view but isn't it too early to predict th winner?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  3. Carme

    Wow...for one time I agree with Pedro Pinto. Barça is the best team in the world and the things they do with the ball (and even without the ball) are just beautiful!!! They so deserve it!! They make beautiful football with hard work and humility and I believe that is admirable!!

    December 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  4. Francisco

    Pedro Pinto guessed last year! Back at that time, it was a hell of a prediction! Marvelous. Search it!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  5. vidal

    Barcelona! They're undoubtedly the best team in the world now. A Barca win will also be a victory for beautiful possession and attacking football – which is the way football should be played!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  6. Daniel Hansen

    FC. COPENHAGEN will defiantly win. they are on a role !

    December 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  7. Varun

    Even if Barca win the next 20 Champions League Titles in a row,
    i am absolutely certain there will still be certain people still saying this team is beatable , they aren't that good, their competition wasn't good enough.
    bla bla bla

    Grow up people, you'll be long dead before there is another team better than this.

    December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  8. Eno

    May I start by saying, Pedro I think you're awesome 🙂

    I love the Champions League because it is always unpredictable unlike La Liga when it's either Barcelona or Real Madrid that win. When Inter Milan beat Barcelona to go to the finals, it was unexpected even at such a late stage in the tournament.

    As a woman, people are shocked to hear that I'm into football. The thing about football, you just never know the outcome. Who predicted the thrashing win of Barcelona against Real Madrid?

    Go Barca <3

    December 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  9. mrbaritones

    real madrid this year for sure. their loss at camp nou was just a one off. they r thrashing the other teams black and blue. dont worry all of pedro pintos claims will be put to rest when barca meet real again for the return leg, cup finals and of course if they want the champions league trophy they of course have to beat madrid going for their tenth title. and come on chelsea and munich? duh!

    December 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  10. Sercan Kurnaz

    BArcelona will won 2011 CL.. No Doubt.

    Not only with Messi , But also with team play. They have incredible pass trafic.

    December 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  11. Munya Munos

    Pedro Pinto is so enamored & love-struck with Xavi & Barcelona such that he wont look objectively at European club soccer. I think he watches Spanish soccer only because if he paid attention to the English game he would appreciate that Man U, Chelsea or Toto are STRONG contenders for the trophy!

    December 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  12. tahbo

    the thing about a two ay tie is different....the characters u need keep a clean sheet away and make sure u can score at home simple ...whom ever do this will win the champions league barc .,madrid .....

    December 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  13. Fernando

    Pedro Pinto ! You are underestimating a man named Mourinho !

    December 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  14. Khalid Mohammed

    What an awesome writer,Pedro Pinto ...
    I think Barcelona is the best team ever in the world,I think all of its player enjoy beating others. 😉

    December 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  15. Rashid Ibrahim

    The only team capable of beating Barcelona is chelsea..... Chelsea has the players, the motivation and by the time the competition gets going again next year the form to propel them to glory...
    Chelskiiiiii..... Lets give them the BLUES!!!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  16. Tiago

    RC Madrid!

    December 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  17. Tommy

    The Gunners. Best hometeam and on neutral ground

    December 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  18. Brian Sterenberg

    Undefeated this season and are playing outstanding. United will win, no doubt.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  19. Escalante

    Real Madrid will win it all. They have the better manager ever in the game.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  20. Andy the Red

    Manchester United all the way this year....time for some revenge. I would love to see United vs. Barcelona....anyone but Los blancos

    December 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  21. arshavin

    Bayern all the way.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  22. bernd tunkl

    Bayern. Period!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  23. TSteveo

    Pedro Pinto you are all about the bandwagon! I don't disagree on how good Leo and Barca are but we are talking about a team that's made up of all the greats on the Spain national side and the best footballer in the world. You may be right about them winning it all but I'm hoping to see the best team in the world fall and fall hard because it is inevitable.

    Also, Bayern and Chelsea should be at the bottom of the list because both teams have been in poor form in their league play and in Champions. Drogba is playing one of the worst seasons of his career and it seems nobody on Chelsea is willing to fill his shoes and take the lead.

    It's very bias, (as CNN usually is) to not even mention the amazing form of Real Madrid, or AC Milan. Ronaldo is standing out just as much as Messi if not more. Ibrahimovic has finally found his home back in Italy, surrounded by a cast of talent that AC Milan hasn't had in a few years. Do I think these teams will defeat an on-point Barca? Maybe, probably not, but I do believe that Barca will have their work cut out for them.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  24. David

    Mourinho should stick to his values.

    He beat Barcelona by playing very defensive. He has to to the same in the second game later in the Liga.

    Real Madrid will face Barcelona in the Champions League.

    He was affraid of criticism 2 weeks ago. There is a way to beat Barcelona. Chelsea, Inter have done it. Without spaces and pressing on the midfielders Xavi and Iniesta, then Messi will be isolated.

    Messi hasn't done anything with Argentina. Just think about it.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  25. minho

    Most of Champion League winners are not always the top teams in domestic leagues or those who are performing well. You should look backward to the last 5 years how Liverpool beat Milan and clinched the trophy. It is difficult to predict.....Unexpected thing........

    December 14, 2010 at 12:03 am | Reply
  26. jefferson guillen

    I agree with Pedro regarding Barca is a great team right now, but it is the Champions League and it is so unpredictable. After all, no one bet on Inter and/or Bayern to be on the finals last year; so far the only teams in best form in the group part of the Champions League to be title contenders will be MU, Barca, Madrid, and Roma; maybe Chelsesa.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:27 am | Reply
  27. bandar

    Bayern Munich will win the champion league.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  28. aspecialman

    Real or Barca will win the title. Should barca win the title, Real will win the Liga. If Real win the C1 title, Barca will win the Liga. No clubs in EU even MU, Chelsea, or AC other than Real and Barca have a great consistency, the depth of the squad, and especially a contingent with talented players galore.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:58 am | Reply
  29. Robert

    Pedro, your comment regarding Chelsea is absolute tosh. Ancelotti will not rest players from domestic games for the Champions' League... this is a lazy assumption. In actuality, all of the top European teams (Chelsea, United, Barcelona, Madrid) fight for every trophy available; one trophy is not enough. Sure, Chelsea are desperate to win the Champions' League as they have missed out previously, but it won't come at the expense of the Premiership crown.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  30. benz

    Pedro, its never that easy, i remember AC Milan lose a 3-0 first half lead over liverpool
    and like smone said Real can not and will never be counted out, the thing about their players is on a good day individual brilliance by the likes of Ronaldo can end a game in a matter of minutes
    thats why we love it, once the whistle is blown you never know, ask manchester united agaist Kaka...............brilliant

    December 14, 2010 at 5:38 am | Reply
  31. Salum

    To me. no comment at Pedro's predictions. Barca for real.

    December 14, 2010 at 6:43 am | Reply


    December 14, 2010 at 7:00 am | Reply
  33. Mark

    I fully agree with Varun, no matter how many times barca may win this,people will still say they not as good cause they not playing in the premier lg, the same premeir lg that's so good the English national team have won the european cup and world cup and is currently ranked number one in the world!! So ya,you right england are the benchmark for quality,technical brilliance and everything else. Somwhere along the line football is not football if its not played fast,furious like in england. Running around like headless chickens with no pause for a great pass or move is what english people believe to be good football! English people seem to be puting this Barca team on par with Arsenal's invincibles and Man.U of 99...what a joke, none of those teams got the right to be mentioned in the same breath as this barca team! Pedro your prediction is so correct based on current form,lets just hope they keep this up and don't get many injuries leading up to the final which they should easily make!

    December 14, 2010 at 9:54 am | Reply
  34. tuffymacca

    @Jake Sonyou ,Bayern eliminated Utd at quarter final stage in CL not at Semi-Final as u suggested.Barca are the best team in the world as we speak ,i totally agree with Pedro ,they stand head & shoulders above everyone .Barca are perfectly capable of tearing any team to shreds due to their superior technique.Barca have handed football masterclasses to the following clubs in CL ,Utd in 2009 CL final &1994,Bayern,Arsenal`09,Inter in grp stage`09.All the teams stand no chance against the mighty ,classy ,technical FC BARCELONA in UEFA CL.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:48 am | Reply
  35. xaviforever

    Barcelona will win ,of course!!!! The best team in the whole world.... and period.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:53 am | Reply
  36. dynamit

    this seasons final:
    fc copenhagen vs schalke 04

    December 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  37. Philip Lee

    Don't forget AC Milan!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  38. Oriaku

    Mr. Pinto always try to be logical when analyzing CL matches. Barca was in their best form when they played chelsea in semi final at nuo camp that ended goaless draw b4 the 2nd at stamford bridge which the ref decided in their favour by denying chelsea about 4 strong penalties.

    Barca get to final by away goal. (they have met chelsea 3times, they won 1 chelsea win 1 & 1 was draw with the help of the ref.). The met inter on group stage and win while inter bet them on knockout stage. Yet you still see them as unbeatable team.

    May 28 2011 will decide.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:48 am | Reply
  39. Tribhuwan

    There's no doubt, Barcelona FC will take the champions trophy.
    The form and rhythm of this team shows that they are going to be the winner.Best wishes

    December 15, 2010 at 10:29 am | Reply
  40. Duartinho

    Barcelona is a pretty obvious choice, but regarding Pedro's other teams, they seem too far fetched.. i mean, Chelsea is facing some hard times, and even tough they will gain more strength with the returns of Lampard and Terry (both crucial players) they still need to step up their game a bit more. Man United who was consider to still be struggling with the loses of CR7 and Tevez, has become stronger in many ways (mentally and physically). Some of the young lads have been improving (like Nani, Rafa or Macheda)... and you know... Sir Alex works his magic! I also consider Real Madrid to be a big contender. I know, i know... somehow they lost credibility after the humiliating defeat against Barca, but who's to say that Madrid won't hit back next game? Take into consideration that Madrid has in fact some great stats if you eliminate that "setback" against their eternal rivals...

    Well.. but Bayern is not that bad of a choice.. but Chelsea doesn't really sound like one of the top teams to win the competition! Oh.. and don't forget AC Milan, who in spite of the poor performances in European Matches, have been growing a lot lately! With players such as Ibra, Ronaldinho or Robinho, it's hard to know what to expect...

    December 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  41. babuska

    Trophy's count not how beautiful they played or how good the squad is.
    Use commonscence!!

    December 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  42. Harrison baabu

    I agree with u at this moment are just unstopable, en i'm very sure they can even win cups,if they play without a coach in the next four years.i'm a true Ac Milan fan but i love barca too.Milan forever

    December 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  43. msbbridgee

    for me on may 28th 2011, its going to be Chelsea vs Barca battle for the title period......

    December 15, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  44. Eyo

    Chelsea owns it this time around.

    December 16, 2010 at 7:29 am | Reply
  45. john paul

    with regards to barcelona i agree
    but the other two teams i totally do not agree
    bayern munich only went to the final last year because man utd squandered their lead. And chelsea are only a shadow of what they were last year and you do not win trophies with just two players.

    I think the two teams that could challenge barca, are real madrid and manchester united (who have yet to start really playing well). Even milan look as if they could challenge

    December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am | Reply
  46. Harry

    Beautiful team, beautiful foot ball!! oh my God, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. i personally preffer a more direct approach with a lot of speed. nevertheless, Barca is likely to take it.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  47. elawure osas

    barcelona deserve every accolade you have ascribed to them they are the most balanced team in europe now but my only reservation is that they lost to heracules in the la liga and remember in cup competition you can not have a second chance so thats my fear, and remember football is not mathematics

    December 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  48. Mathew

    Like in Manchester last time: Milan ...AC Milan will win at Wembley!

    December 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  49. Y. Sonam

    I am a Chelsea fan, but this year they are struggling domestic games, so I don`t think Chelsea will be favourite one, and fairly I could choose Barcelona or Real Madrid this time.

    December 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  50. marvik

    barcelona is a strong team and surely it can win but not through Manchester united. any good coach would know that marking messi, iniesta and xavi would mean game over for barca.

    man.u is well organized team having some of the best defenders in the world Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra and a great goal keeper with very talented world class strikers Rooney, Hernandez ,Nani and valencia .

    man.u is going to win that trophy .

    December 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  51. James

    I think Totenham will lift the trophy this season. Consedering the way the trounced teams like young boys in the second leg of qualifying, Weder Bremen, F.C Twenty & Inter Millan(2nd leg). Again we've see how Totenham has came from to win matches against teams who regularly play the competition and has gone as far as the grand final.
    When we look at the match against young boys we see they were 3 goals down in the first half and by the time the final whistle blows the match was 3-2.
    We also see the 1st leg match against Inter Milan where the came from a 4 to zero down and ended up in a 4 – 3 without scoring any penalty in that 3 goals they scored.
    With stars like Bale who can keep the ball and always push forward to score, Van dervat who have score in almost every game he played in white heart Lane, Pavlyuchenko who's very in the air and flat ball, Crouch who has more than 3 goals in the champions league with all these i will conclude by saying Totenham is talented, desire and very lucky. So am looking foward to see them lift the trophy

    December 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  52. abhay

    everybody is counting out as roma but i think they will be more than a hanfull in the knockout stages especially when we expect vucinic to return, eboue to join roma and adrian o shedding 4-5 kgs more.

    December 19, 2010 at 4:47 am | Reply
  53. Ferdinand

    YES!! for Barcelona.
    luck is a variant. last year semi finals against inter saw luck winning over talent and desire. Prediction at this stage is still too early but based on current performance Barca is favorite to lift the trophy. however, the magician Mourinho got some tricks in he's pocket, just waiting for the right time to unveil them.

    December 19, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply

    Barcelona is no doubt the favourite of many and i believe too that they can win it. I agree with you've written above about Barcelona but I'll go for International for the following reasons;
    – They still have a team which release wants to clear out the air that their victory last year wasn't by chance only.
    – Their recent poor form will push them to improve and thereby coming out with the needed results at crucial moments.
    – I do believe that other teams not looking at them as a potential threat to their title hope ( because of their poor results in Serie A most especially) gives Internazionale a little advantage.
    – Finally, because Rafa experience in Europe, he can still do it as he did with Liverpool.

    December 19, 2010 at 8:48 am | Reply
  55. Seyi Aruleba

    Quite a good analysis, no doubt. But i'd add Real Madrid as a team that may go on to reach the finals if they do not meet Barca at any stage of the tournament. Even if they meet, it will be a different ball game. The easiest tactics to beating a Barca team is frustrating them ala negative football, which Jose Mourinho specialises in.
    Bayern currently are improving by the day and the return of Arjen Robben is expected to be a boost. I only hope the internal crisis in chelsea would have been resolved before the commencement of the knockout stages otherwise they would not go beyond the last eight

    For the next round, i am tipping the following teams: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Man U, AC Milan, Schalke, Inter and Shaktar.

    A Real Madrid Vs Barcelona final will be a delight to watch

    December 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  56. dony

    faster-paced premier league clubs a much more difficult task than the Spanish clubs?????,
    are you serious??, well by your comments I suppose that you are a Britsh fans or an Asian anlgophile (how patheric is watch CNN and the 1st thing they show is the premier League), I am form South America, the part of the world were 4 out of 5 best footbaleers all-time were born (Pele, Di Stefano, Garrincha, Maradona) and I feel soory but I have to tell you that anybody here take seriouslt the Premier League (a lot of muscle and not brain) , in my opinion I don't think so any team is unstopable in the modern time, maybe some teams were:
    Real Madrid 1955-1960
    Brazil 1958
    Hungary 1954
    Ajax 1970-1973
    Milan 1989-1990

    but nowadasy I don't think so

    December 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  57. LisaCash

    .. but shalke just buried bayern in the bundesliga..
    yes, shalke can very well too be laudable trophy contenders..
    barcelona, chelsea, real madrid, arsenal & bayern as well.

    December 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Reply

    Am glad at least Pedro noticed another formidable side...Chelsea. My team is reviving and when we bounces back completely to our status quo you guys know we know no boundary irrespective of how dreadful the opponents are especially Barcelona. U saw how we disciplined Tottenham one of the Champions League favorites though it was a draw .. This is the Year for CHELSEA .

    December 20, 2010 at 11:02 am | Reply
  59. Luke.Kawesa

    surely, at full fitness, barcelona may seem invincible especially their midfield. u can have my word that every coach still in the knock out round is monitoring their play. with the right tactics, any of the remaining clubs can beat barcelona.

    December 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  60. GrandAdmiral

    Dont turn Bayern down like this guys... They might have a poor form right now but they have great potential...

    1. WorldCups best Scorer – Thomas Müller (FC Bayern)
    2. One of the best defensive midfielders in the world – Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern)
    3. Worldcups best Scorer of all time – Miroslav Klose (FC Bayern)
    4. Robben and Ribery – Great names in European football

    and a stable and high quality squad around them.

    But of course Barca (best team in the world for years) are the favourites and after them Real. My Bet:

    1. Barca 2. Real 3. BAyern 4.Chelsea / Manu (not Arsenal for they meet Barca early on)

    December 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  61. frank

    I dont think pedro is quite right. Yes the catalans have a good chance and are one of the best teams in the world right now, i dont think his prediction on the other 2 teams are on point. 1st, Bayern even with the return of the likes of ribery, they have the same team which is where he is basing his prediction. Inter Milan have basically the same team and are struggling in all competitions, there win over TP Mazembe in the club world cup finals should not be meant to say that they can also have the same success they did last season. 2nd, Chelsea are having a rough time and even with the return of Lampard and Terry, i do not think they are serious contenders for the champions league, i highly doubt they shall even reach the semis. If i was asked my prediction for the temas that are to rival the catalans, i would place my bet on Manchester United and Real Madrid. Both teams are full of talent and are having a good outing in all competitions this season. Manchester are always likely to surprise and Real will want to put behind them their thrashing by Barca and make a statement. Add to the fact that they have the likes of a very brilliant tactician in the names of Jose Mourinho....

    December 23, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  62. Moses

    AS for me mighty Barcelona will win the champion league because they have become quit unbeatable this past weeks.With these mighty men we can win the tournerment,such as:1.Loinel MESSI 2.Andre INESTA 3.XAVI 4.PEDRO 5.David VILLA 6.PUYOL and etc.These man have the skill and potiental of fooball...

    December 23, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply
  63. Paulette Lott

    Barcelona is no doubt the favourite of many and i believe too that they can win it. I agree with you've written above about Barcelona but I'll go for International for the following reasons; – They still have a team which release wants to clear out the air that their victory last year wasn't by chance only. – Their recent poor form will push them to improve and thereby coming out with the needed results at crucial moments. – I do believe that other teams not looking at them as a potential threat to their title hope ( because of their poor results in Serie A most especially) gives Internazionale a little advantage. – Finally, because Rafa experience in Europe, he can still do it as he did with Liverpool.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:00 am | Reply
  64. Pepe Botawala

    Best team in the world... Proven last Saturday... Internazionale de Milano!! Nuff said!

    December 24, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  65. tedo

    "Barca" as they say in Spain is the best team in the world,so they will win the Champions league.And for those who think that Barcelona are weak i will tell them to see their lat 4 matches 8:0 vs Almeria,5:0 vs Real Madrid,3:0 vs Osasuna and 5:1 vs Espanyol
    What more do you want they have scored 21 goals in 4 matches !!!!

    December 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  66. Amanuel Babu

    Pedro it is too early to predict.Barca is the best team in the world.
    But,this year they will never ever win champions league.

    December 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  67. Alcidas

    I agree with Tedo, there will be many years to come before any team in the world to reach Barca level. And it will take many years for Madrid to beat Barca. Barca will repeat the 2009 season this year.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  68. Sylvester

    Barcelona is playing very well and Real Madrid is also a team to watch, i would not write off the two Milan just yet....

    December 28, 2010 at 11:07 am | Reply


    December 30, 2010 at 9:47 am | Reply
  70. stuart cardwell

    come on lads its a 1 team race .and if fc barcalona get to the champions league final , my beloved team (MANCHESTER UNITED) wil be there to stamp on them !!!!
    i agree with with pedro that rooney was not the world class player of 2010 .....but LETS STAND BACK AND WATCH 2011 were he and javier hernandez will show the world what world class players they are , and that javier hernandez to get player of the year

    January 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  71. Atman

    i think realmadrid or arsenal
    vesca madrid lol

    January 3, 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply
  72. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Experienced Jose Mourinho may do it again, this time with Real Madrid. The momentum is with the Portuguese.

    January 21, 2011 at 8:45 am | Reply

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