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Who will win the 2020 Champions League?

Who will win the 2020 Champions League?

The group stages have been completed and the draw for the 2020 Champions League knockout stages has been revealed, but which team will lift the trophy to be crowned Europe's best in Istanbul next May?

Europe's biggest have all made it through to the knockout stages with the exception of Ajax who finished 3rd in their group and fall into the Europa League.

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The draw

The favourites

Bookies and fans alike are fixated on Europe's elite club competition, with lively debate as to who will be crowned winners.

Last season's defending champions, Liverpool are favourites with most bookies and it's hard to argue. The Reds have an almost perfect record in the Premier League this season, having won 16 out of 17 matches, sitting 10 points clear at the top of the table, still undefeated.

None of the other English teams are performing particularly well domestically, with Tottenham suffering a long hangover from last season's Champions League Final defeat - a poor run of form which cost manager Mauricio Pochettino his job in November.

Across Europe, it's the usual teams who are expected to do well. The big 2 in Spain sit neck and neck at the top of La Liga going into this week's El Clasico, with Atletico currently 6 points off the pace.

Over in Germany, Bayern Munich's attempts to win an 8th straight Bundesliga title are stalling with the club currently sitting 4th in the table, 6 points behind leaders RB Leipzig.

In Italy, the title race is hotting up with Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus level on points with Inter Milan at the top of the table. Lazio lurk just 3 points behind.

The final

The 2020 Champions League Final will take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.

Like the last few seasons, the match will take place on the last Saturday in May, which is less than 2 weeks before Euro 2020 kicks off - meaning the players involved will have little rest between competitions.

The stadium was built at the beginning of the century for Turkey's failed bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium capacity has been reduced slightly since opening - from 80,579 in 2002 to 76,761 now. The original cost of construction was $145m, which is pretty cheap by today's standards.

This will be the ground's 2nd Champions League Final, having previously hosted the event in 2005 when Liverpool overturned a 3 goal deficit to beat Milan on penalties. Maybe that'll be an omen this year?

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