UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 season: here are 10 squads to look out for

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The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League season will start on September 14, 2021, and end on 28 May 2022 at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

As usual, this season’s edition of the tournament comprises 32 clubs from 52 associations. One unusual aspect of the tournament is the fact that in the 2021-2022 season, there will not be an away goal rule for the first time since 1965.

This time around, if in a two-legged tie, two teams score the same amount of aggregate goals, the winner of the tie would be decided through 30 minutes of extra time. If the two teams score the same amount of goals in extra time, the winner would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Aside from this unusual change in this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign, another change the world would be looking forward to is the number of well-loaded squads that are available in the tournament.

The 67th edition of the tournament will see 10 world-class squads compete to lift the prestigious trophy in Russia. In the history of the competition, it is hard to remember when the competition had so many competitive clubs ready to battle for the title in a single season like in the 2021-2022 season.

Below is the list of 10 squads to look out for in 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League campaign

1. Paris Saint Germain

UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 season: here are 10 squads to look out for
Lionel Messi.

Paris Saint Germain are arguably the favorites to win the 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League trophy because they have the most loaded squad in Europe right now.

The signing of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona and the presence of the usual suspects – Kylian Mbappe and Neymar would make the team almost unstoppable throughout this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

See PSG amazing Champions League 2021-2022 squad below:

Goalkeepers:

  1. Keylor Navas
  2. Gianluigi Donnarumma
  3. Alexandre Letellier

Defenders

  1. Achraf Hakimi
  2. Presnel Kimpembe
  3. Sergio Ramos
  4. Marquinhos
  5. Colin Dagba
  6. Layvin Kurzawa
  7. Abdou Diallo
  8. Thilo Kehrer
  9. Nuno Mendes

Midfielders

  1. Marco Verratti
  2. Leandro Paredes
  3. Danilo
  4. Georginio Wijnaldum
  5. Ander Herrera
  6. Idrissa Gueye
  7. Eric Ebimbe

Forwards

  1. Kylian Mbappe
  2. Angel Di Maria
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Mauro Icardi
  5. Neymar
  6. Julian Draxler
  7. Chelsea

2. Chelsea

UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 season: here are 10 squads to look out for
Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea are the reigning UEFA Champions League champions which means that they are expected to at least get to the final of the tournament.

The good news is that their UEFA Champions League winning squad is still intact and they have just added one of the most feared striker in Europe, Romelu Lukaku who could make Chelsea unstoppable this season.

See Chelsea amazing 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Kepa Arrizabalaga
  2. Marcus Bettinelli
  3. Edouard Mendy

Defenders

  1. Marcos Alonso
  2. Cesar Azpilicueta
  3. Trevoh Chalobah
  4. Ben Chilwell
  5. Andreas Christensen
  6. Thiago Silva
  7. Antonio Rudiger
  8. Malang Sarr
  9. Reece James

Midfielders

  1. Lewis Baker
  2. Ross Barkley
  3. N’golo Kante
  4. Mason Mount
  5. Hakim Ziyech
  6. Jorginho
  7. Kai Havertz
  8. Mateo Kovacic
  9. Saul Niguez
  10. Christian Pulisic

Forwards

  1. Ruben Loftus-cheek
  2. Romelu Lukaku
  3. Timo Werner
  4. Manchester United

3. Manchester United

UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 season: here are 10 squads to look out for
Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United have not been so consistent in the UEFA Champions League in recent history but it seems such inconsistency might be a thing of the past this season.

The club added three world class players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane to an already solid squad which could mean that they are ready to go all the way this season.

See Manchester United amazing 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. David De Gea
  2. Tom Heaton
  3. Dean Henderson

Defenders

  1. Victor Lindelof
  2. Eric Bailly
  3. Harry Maguire
  4. Diogo Dalot
  5. Aaron Wan-bissaka
  6. Raphael Varane
  7. Luke Shaw
  8. Alex Telles

Midfielders

  1. Paul Pogba
  2. Juan Mata
  3. Jesse Lingard
  4. Donny Van De Beek
  5. Scott Mctominay
  6. Amad Diallo
  7. Fred Bruno Fernandes
  8. Jadon Sancho
  9. Nemanja Matic

Forwards

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Anthony Martial
  3. Marcus Rashford
  4. Edinson Cavani
  5. Manchester City

4. Manchester City

UEFA Champions League 2021-2022 season: here are 10 squads to look out for
Jack Grealish.

Manchester City have been very competitive in the UEFA Champions League campaign for six conservative seasons. They were very close to winning the title last season but Chelsea stopped them in the final.

The squad that got to the final of the tournament last season is still very much intact with the addition of Jack Grealish the club bought from Aston Villa for a British transfer record fee worth £100 million.

See Manchester City amazing 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Ederson
  2. Zack Steffen
  3. Scott Carson

Defenders

  1. Kyle Walker
  2. Ruben Dias
  3. John Stones
  4. Oleksandr Zinchenko
  5. Nathan Ake
  6. Aymeric Laporte
  7. Joao Cancelo

Midfielders

  1. Ilkay Gundogan
  2. Bernardo Silva
  3. Phil Foden
  4. Jack Grealish
  5. Rodri
  6. Kevin De Bruyne
  7. Fernandinho
  8. Riyad Mahrez
  9. Romeo Lavia

Forwards

  1. Raheem Sterling
  2. Gabriel Jesus
  3. Ferran Torres
  4. Bayern Munich

5. Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich are another consistent participates in the UEFA Champions League campaign. They have been one of the most feared team in the tournament for over seven years.

They will continue to be a team to fear even though they didn’t make any outstanding addition to their squad this summer. The fact that their main goalscoring machine, Robert Lewandowski, is still fully available for the team, Bayern Munich will remain a hard nut to crack this season.

See Bayern Munich 2021-2022 Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Christian Fruchtl
  2. Manuel Neuer
  3. Sven Ulreich

Defenders

  1. Lucas Hernandez
  2. Benjamin Pavard
  3. Bouna Sarr
  4. Niklas Sule
  5. Omar Richards
  6. Marc Roca
  7. Josip Stanisic
  8. Dayot Upamecano

Midfielders

  1. Eric Choupo-moting
  2. Michael Cuisance
  3. Alphonso Davies
  4. Leon Goretzka
  5. Joshua Kimmich
  6. Leroy Sane
  7. Corentin Tolisso
  8. Tanguy Kouassi
  9. Marcel Sabitzer
  10. Malik Tillman

Forwards

  1. Kingsley Coman
  2. Robert Lewandowski
  3. Serge Gnabry
  4. Thomas Muller
  5. Real Madrid

6. Real Madrid

Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid are often expected to do very well in the UEFA Champions League because they are the most successful club in the tournament.

The 2021-2022 campaign would not be different even though they were not able to make an outstanding addition to the squad. They will be carried by Karim Benzema if Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale fail to pick up their forms this season.

See Real Madrid 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Thibaut Courtois
  2. Andriy Lunin

Defenders

  1. Dani Carvajal
  2. Jesus Vallejo Marcelo
  3. Eder Militao
  4. David Alaba
  5. Nacho
  6. Ferland Mendy

Midfielders

  1. Toni Kroos
  2. Luka Modric
  3. Lucas Vazquez
  4. Casemiro
  5. Federico Valverde
  6. Dani Ceballos
  7. Isco
  8. Eduardo Camavinga

Forwards

  1. Eden Hazard
  2. Karim Benzema
  3. Marco Asensio
  4. Luka Jovic
  5. Gareth Bale
  6. Vinicius Junior
  7. Rodrygo
  8. Mariano Diaz
  9. Barcelona

7. FC Barcelona

Memphis Depay.

FC Barcelona lost their talisman, Lionel Messi, to Paris Saint Germain ahead of the 2021-2022 season but they are still a team to beat.

They have added a series of new football stars including Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, and Luuk De Jong who could make a difference on a good day.

See FC Barcelona 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Inaki Pena
  2. Neto
  3. Marc-andre Ter Stegen

Defenders

  1. Jordi Alba
  2. Eric Garcia
  3. Oscar Mingueza
  4. Ronald Araujo
  5. Sergino Dest
  6. Clement Lenglet
  7. Gerard Pique
  8. Samuel Umtiti

Midfielders

  1. Sergio Busquets
  2. Frenkie De Jong
  3. Riqui Puig
  4. Sergi Roberto

Forwards

  1. Sergio Aguero
  2. Ansu Fati
  3. Martin Braithwaite
  4. Philippe Coutinho
  5. Luuk De Jong
  6. Ousmane Dembele
  7. Yusuf Demir
  8. Memphis Depay
  9. Pedri

8. Liverpool

Virgil Van Dijk.

Liverpool football club struggled in the UEFA Champions League last season due to the injuries most of their first-team players sustained. All those who were injured especially their charismatic defender Virgil Van Dijk are back and ready to battle for this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

See Liverpool 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Alisson Becker
  2. Adrian Caoimhin
  3. Kelleher

Defenders

  1. Virgil Van Dijk
  2. Ibrahima Konate
  3. Joe Gomez
  4. Kostas Tsimikas
  5. Andy Robertson
  6. Joel Matip
  7. Trent Alexander-arnold
  8. Nathaniel Phillips

Midfielders

  1. Fabinho
  2. Thiago Alcantara
  3. James Milner
  4. Naby Keita
  5. Roberto Firmino
  6. Jordan Henderson
  7. Sadio Mane
  8. Alex Oxlade-chamberlain

Forwards

  1. Mohamed Salah
  2. Takumi Minamino
  3. Diogo Jota
  4. Divock Origi
  5. Harvey Elliott
  6. Borussia Dortmund

9. Borussia Dortmund

Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund sold one of their best players, Jadon Sancho to Manchester United this season but they remain a huge threat to any opponent they will come across this season.

They succeeded in keeping their talisman, Erling Haaland despite offers from Chelsea and other top European clubs.

See Borussia Dortmund 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Roman Burki Marwin
  2. Hitz Gregor Kobel
  3. Luca Unbehaun

Defenders

  1. Manuel Akanji
  2. Emre Can
  3. Raphael Guerreiro
  4. Mats Hummels
  5. Thomas Meunier
  6. Marin Pongracic
  7. Nico Schulz
  8. Dan-axel Zagadou

Midfielders

  1. Jude Bellingham
  2. Julian Brandt
  3. Mahmoud Dahoud
  4. Thorgan Hazard
  5. Ansgar Knauff
  6. Felix Passlack
  7. Marco Reus
  8. Axel Witsel
  9. Marius Wolf

Forwards

  1. Erling Haaland
  2. Donyell Malen
  3. Reinier
  4. Steffen Tigges
  5. Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann.

Atletico Madrid is another squad to look out for in this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign. The return of Antoine Griezmann and the presence of Luis Suarez would give them a spark to dare for the European title.

See Atletico Madrid 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League squad below:

Goalkeepers

  1. Benjamin Lecomte
  2. Jan Oblak

Defenders

  1. Sergio Camus Felipe
  2. Jose Maria Gimenez
  3. Fran Gonzalez
  4. Mario Hermoso
  5. Renan Lodi
  6. Stefan Savic
  7. Kieran Trippier
  8. Sime Vrsaliko

Midfielders

  1. Rodrigo De Paul
  2. Thomas Lemar
  3. Hector Herrera
  4. Geoffrey Kondogbia
  5. Marcos Llorente Koke

Forwards

  1. Angel Correa
  2. Joao Felix
  3. Antoine Griezmann
  4. Matheus Cunha
  5. Luis Suarez