DONOVAN: BAYERN ARE FAVORITES FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are definitely one of the teams to beat in the UEFA Champions League this season as always. The German heavyweights have always maintained a clear status of being one of the favorites to clinch the European title and it is no news that they are very much in contention to do it again this season. Having made the Bundesliga title their personal trophy to be won every season, winning the UCL title would be very much a great achievement for them. Although the won the trophy two seasons ago when they met French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain in the final, they have changed managers since then and there is a new source of motivation to clinch the title less than three years after they last did it.
Madrid and PSG will face each other in the first-leg of the round of 16 fixture next week and that means one of them will be eliminated after the second leg, making it minus one favorite for the title. City, on the other hand, will travel to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon in their first-leg clash in what could be a relatively easy fixture for Pep Guardiola and his men. Bayern Munich were drawn against Austrian Bundesliga giants RB Salzburg and are expected to scale through to the next round where the competition will become even tougher. However, according to Donovan, Julian Nagelsmann will lift the crown this season.