UEFA Champions League: 5 Bold Predictions

Omar AlmasriCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

UEFA Champions League: 5 Bold Predictions

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    The Champions League is at its early stages and there are already some surprising and shocking results.

    I'm going to be honest, I didn't really want to do this assignment and I don't like making predictions.

    But I had to do it, so here it goes.

    In this article, I'll be giving five bold predictions for this season's Champions League. You might see some wild ones and others that'll make you go: "Really, please..", "This is utter nonsense Omar", "This is such a rubbish article."

    Yes, I will understand your reactions, but I do hope you try to enjoy this article.

    Anyways, without further ado, here are my five bold Champions League predictions. 

Napoli to Reach the Semis

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    Definitely a wild prediction, but Napoli have so far impressed in this year's competition. The team has invested in quality players ever since they got promoted back into the Serie A and are improving year by year.

    The team contains top-quality players such as Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Walter Gargano, Christian Maggio and Gokhan Inler. They also have an excellent manager in Walter Mazzari who has formed and organized a solid, enjoyable team to watch.

    Napoli have started well, gaining four points in the first two matches, and are a definite team to watch out for in this year's competition.

APOEL Nicosia to Go Past the Group Stages

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    Yes, you read it. Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia, well-known Champions League underacheivers, have a chance of reaching the second round for the first time in their history.

    They're now top of the group with four points, including a stunning draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk. They have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, along with Basel, and now have an opportunity to make history by going past the group stages.

    Can they keep this up? That's the question right now, especially as they're in a tough group with excellent sides like Shakhar, Porto and Zenit.

    It won't be easy, but based on their two performances....they can do it. 

Manchester City Will Not Win a Match

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    An admittedly wild prediction, but Manchester City have been one of the big disappointments so far in the competition—drawing a match at home to Napoli after falling from behind and being outclassed by Bayern Munich away. Manchester City haven't settled to the rigors of the Champions League and have looked a bit out of their depth.

    The club have also had trouble off the pitch with a certain Carlos Tevez, who's been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, which isn't going to help the team. 

    Poor performances and a dysfunctional squad could lead to an early exit from the competition.

Trabzonspor to Qualify to the Second Round

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    Many thought before the competition began that this Turkish side would be the whipping boys in a group containing Inter, CSKA Moscow and Lille. Three really good sides who many thought would beat this team with comfort. 

    But that hasn't been the case thus far.

    Trabzonspor, who were runners-up in the Turkish League last season, are topping the group with four points including a stunning win over Inter Milan at the San Siro.

    Can Trabzonspor do it? They just might.

Real Madrid to Win the Champions League

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    The wildest prediction I'll provide for you all. The Los Merengue will be champions of this year's Champions League. 

    Why do I think that? Because they have the team and manager to do it. Mourinho will have certainly learned from his mistakes facing Barcelona (who are their main competitor) last season and should be able to take it this time.

    To be honest though, it's mostly a feeling and a hunch.

Conclusion

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    So guys, what do you all think?

    Complete nonsense? Utter rubbish? Never going to happen? Is there a chance that it could, maybe, happen?

    Anyways, thank you for wasting your time in reading this article.

     

    Cheers,

    Omar

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