Despite ejecting the reigning Champions League holders and erstwhile favourites for the 2015/16 competition, Atletico Madrid remain only third in the betting to be crowned champions of Europe.
In the wake of their elimination of Barcelona at the quarter-final stage last night, the newly-formed outright betting reads as follows:
Bayern Munich are 7/5 market leaders, from Real Madrid at 5/2, then Los Colchoneros at 17/5 and Manchester City at 13/2.
They’ve toppled the title holders, have the edge over Real Madrid recent meetings, lack little in terms of experience and boast a defensive strength already proven capable of repelling arguably the world’s best forward line.
Atletico’s victory over Barcelona is all the more impressive given the Blaugrana beat Bayern 6-2 on aggregate at the semi-final stage of last year’s edition.
Josep Guardiola’s side came uncomfortably close to being eliminated by Benfica in the quarters this year, shipping two goals to the Portuguese in the process.
They had also squeaked through in extra time against Juventus in the round of 16, when the Bianconeri had been within minutes of progressing at their expense.
Real Madrid should hold no fears for their capital-city rivals either, having won just one of the last ten Derbi madrilenos over this season and the last.
Atleti prevailed five times across the same sequence and, more so than when being eliminated from the Champions League by Real in each of the last two campaigns, they are now experienced at the sharp end of elite European competition.
Manchester City are also sizeably-priced and have beaten Bayern in at least one of their two clashes in the tournament over three of the last five editions.
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