Joe Cole claims four clubs more likely than Real Madrid to win 2022-23 Champions League

  • Rob Swan
Joe Cole claims four clubs are more likely than Real Madrid to win UCL as pundits give predictions

Joe Cole believes four clubs have more chance of winning the 2022-23 Champions League than current holders Real Madrid.

Madrid lifted the European Cup for a record-breaking 14th time in May thanks to a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the final.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were crowned European champions for the fifth time in eight years after going on a remarkable run during the knockout stages, producing three stunning victories over Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Madrid then added yet another trophy to their extensive collection on Wednesday night, defeating Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt to secure the UEFA Super Cup.

Real Madrid win Super Cup
HELSINKI, FINLAND – AUGUST 10: Players of Real Madrid celebrate as Karim Benzema of Real Madrid lifts the UEFA Super Cup trophy after their sides victory during the UEFA Super Cup Final 2022 between Real Madrid CF and Eintracht Frankfurt at Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2022 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images )

BT Sport pundits’ Champions League predictions

Before the game kicked off, BT Sport pundits Cole, Owen Hargreaves and Joleon Lescott was asked for their Champions League predictions.

All three of the former Premier League players believe Man City, who have never won the Champions League before, will finally lift club football’s most prestigious trophy at the end of the season.

Lescott and Cole are backing City’s Erling Haaland to finish at the competition’s top scorer, while Hargreaves went for Barcelona’s summer signing Robert Lewandowski.

Cole believes Lewandowski will be named the competition’s best player, while Lescott and Hargreaves reckon that accolade will go to City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

As for the best young player of this season’s Champions League campaign, Lescott and Cole are expecting big things from City star Phil Foden. Hargreaves went for Barcelona’s Pedri.

Here are the pundits’ Champions League predictions:

BT Sport pundits' UCL predictions

Joe Cole: Four clubs have better chance than Madrid to win UCL

Despite the fact Real Madrid lifted the Super Cup, Cole can’t see the Spanish giants retaining their European crown.

In fact, the former Chelsea and England star believes four clubs have a better chance of winning this season’s competition. 

“I still think PSG, City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich above them,” the retired midfielder said.

“I still think there are four teams more capable of winning next year’s Champions League.

Joe Cole

“They won the Champions League and you have to give them massive credit, they’re absolutely world class players with a world class manager. But think about all the stars that had to align for them to do that.

“The game against Chelsea, the game against Man City, even the final… Courtois had to have the game of his career. Can they do that again?”

Only time will tell, but there’s every chance that Real Madrid will make Cole eat his words this season.

If there’s one team that you can never rule out when it comes to the Champions League, it’s Los Blancos.

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