2. The “Holders Jinx”
Since the European cup turned into the Champions League in 1992, nobody has defended the title successfully yet . The most obvious factor would appear to be the change in format. Permitting second, third and fourth placed teams from the major nations has not just increased the number of sides but the quality as well as the competitiveness too. But this time Real Madrid will be the cynosure of all football fans to see whether they could break this jinx. With some high profile signings like James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos added to the last year’s Champions league winning squad, the Spanish club looks clear title favourites this time around. This was evident form their 5-1 opening weekend win over Basel. But to the surprise of many fans the team huffed and puffed for getting a 1-2 victory over the minnows Ludogorets.
Forget LaDecima, it’s time for Undecima!!