Tottenham Hotspur +600
Now 14 points behind league leaders Manchester City, Spurs title winning dreams are completely dashed. Jose Mourinhos’ side have shown signs of promise throughout the season, however, they have ultimately failed to maintain form, with Mourinhos’ tactics heavily criticised by the public as a result.
Regardless of whether his vision for the club is the right one, if there is one thing Mourinho knows how to do, it’s win silverware, having won something at virtually every club he has served at, including a Europa League victory with Manchester United in 2016-17.
Working in Spurs’ favour is the fact that their greatest competition in the Europa league, Manchester United, AC Milan and Ajax, are all currently neck and neck to win their respective leagues, which will have their foremost attention.
𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘 (𝗔𝗘𝗧) ⏱️ Bernard’s goal in extra time sees the hosts progress to the quarter-finals.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2021
On paper, Spurs have one of their strongest squads in recent years available for selection. Unfortunately, no matter how the team is made up, Spurs look lost in attack without their talisman players Harry Kane and Son-Heung Min.
With link-up play that is set to break Premier League records, if Spurs were to win the tournament, it is likely that Kane and Son will be responsible in no small part.
Tottenham are in a good position to go far in the competition, having just been eliminated from the FA Cup in a thrilling 5-4 defeat to Everton, Spurs sights will be set on the Europa League, which will also serve as their best chance at champions league qualification. A next round tie against a weak Wolfsberg side should see Spurs advancing into the round of 16.
AC Milan +1100
One of the most successful teams in the history of European football, Stefano Piolis’ AC Milan side are playing football reminiscent of their former powerhouse status.
With a team composed of talented youngsters such as Donnarumma, Tonali and Diaz, Milans’ squad is scintillating, leaving fans to ponder how the future of the club might look.
Whilst AC Milan may have the youngest squad in the entire league, it’s hard to say that they would be in the position they are in now without the help of a 39 year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is scoring goals like it were 2011, proving age is just a number.
Having scored 14 goals in the league so far this season, averaging a goal every 63 minutes of play, Ibrahimovic is unstoppable. Having not played in this year’s tournament thus far whenever Pioli does decide to play him, goals will be inevitable.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2021
Milan are heading into their round of 32 clash against Serbian side Crvena Zvezda, who are on track to win their 6th league title in as many years and are by no means a weak team, yet it’s still hard to imagine this Rossoneri outfit not coming out on top.
With eyes firmly set on winning the league, a crucial game against rivals Inter Milan 3 days after their next Europa League match could see Pirlo field a more conservative side.
However, if Milan advance to the round of 16, they are clear favourites to lift the cup, returning the once great club to their Champions of Europe status.
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*Odds correct at time of writing, provided by Bet365.