As clubs across Europe prepare for the start of the new Champions League campaign, the predictions are rolling in, and according to a supercomputer, Tottenham are more likely to win the competition this year than rivals Chelsea.
Spurs host Marseille today at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the Group D opener. This will be Spurs’ first taste of Champions League action since the 4-0 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig back in 2020 (Uefa).
Of course, Spurs made it all the way to the Champions League final in 2019 under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, before losing to Liverpool. Things went downhill from there for a while, but everything is looking promising again in the Antonio Conte regime.
With new additions strengthening the squad and an elite manager like Conte at the helm, expectations are on the rise around Tottenham Hotspur. The club are eager to win some silverware, and Europe’s top competition would be the most impressive route.
Despite Conte’s less than impressive Champions League record, where he has a win rate of just 33% and has never been past the quarter-finals (inews), it’s important to remember the Italian knows how to win trophies (Transfermarkt).
According to predictions from FiveThirtyEight and their supercomputer, Tottenham Hotspur actually have a better chance of going all the way in the Champions League this year than their London rivals Chelsea.
While Thomas Tuchel may have won the trophy for Chelsea in 2021, the Blues are deemed to have a 2% chance of winning it this time around. Meanwhile, Spurs are given a 3% chance of being crowned champions of Europe, according to the supercomputer.
Those figures place Spurs at number eight in the list of favourites for the title. Bayern Munich are currently favourites for the supercomputer, followed by Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Ajax (in that order).
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Even the most optimistic Spurs fan would be wary of getting excited about our chances in the Champions League this year, but it’s nice to see the supercomputer rank the Lilywhites higher than Chelsea.
You never know what could happen though. If Spurs can pick up some momentum in the competition and keep key players fit, they could go on another stunning run and surprise everyone. Let’s focus on beating Marseille for now, though.
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