Real Madrid tipped as Champions League favorites by John Terry

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Former Chelsea stalwart John Terry voiced his confidence in Real Madrid’s potential to clinch the Champions League trophy this season. Terry was participating as part of UEFA’s draw for the round of 16. Following its completion, he highlighted Real Madrid’s exceptional track record in the competition, tipping them as strong title contenders.

Real Madrid, boasting an impressive record of winning all group stage games, now braces for a clash against RB Leipzig. With 14 titles to their name, they remain the most successful team in the tournament’s history. Terry spoke highly of their consistency and the individual brilliance of players like Bellingham. He expressed his belief that Real Madrid, under manager Carlo Ancelotti, possess the qualities to go far in the tournament.

Arsenal and Manchester City among the other favorites

While Real Madrid is Terry’s favorite pick, attention also turns to the remaining English representatives in the competition that are Arsenal and Manchester City. Arsenal, making a return to the knockout rounds since 2017, will face Porto in the last 16. Despite acknowledging the need to respect all opponents at this stage, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta might view this draw favorably compared to a potential encounter with Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners previously triumphed over Porto in the 2009/10 edition, securing a convincing 6-2 aggregate victory.

Despite Arsenal’s current Premier League dominance and a favorable draw, Arteta’s reign at Arsenal has seen struggles in European competition. The Gunners’ European journey under Arteta has been marred by disappointments, notably with defeats against Olympiacos and Villarreal. These setbacks remain a challenge for Arsenal to overcome as they seek to rekindle their European aspirations and potentially challenge for the coveted Champions League title.

As the Champions League progresses, Terry’s endorsement of Real Madrid’s prowess adds excitement to the tournament. Moreover, Arsenal aims to rectify their European struggles under Arteta’s guidance, hoping to carve their own path to glory in the prestigious competition.

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