Found November 27, 2012 on Top-soCCer:
A look at the Champions League pecking order of favourites before the start of any edition, you can usually spot a strong trend. Occupying most of the favourite-berths for the competition are English and Spanish clubs. This is no surprise because in the last eight editions of UEFA’s top club competition, six of the finals have been won by a Spanish or English club. Chelsea continued England’s showing in the competition with a win over Germany’s Bayern Munich in last season’s final. But are English sides losing their influence?Are things going to swing back in favour of Spain this time around? Barcelona have won the Champions League three times in the last seven seasons and along with La Liga Champions Real Madrid plus a fantastic campaign by Malaga, the Spanish representatives look set to outshine the presence of the English Premier League sides. The reigning Champions, England’s Chelsea, are on the brink of becoming the first ever defending Champions to be knocked out in the group ...
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