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5 Teams That May Surprise Us All In The 22/23 Champions League

These five unexpected teams have everything to make a memorable run in Europe

The UEFA Champions League always surprises us with teams that are not supposed to go far. If there is something exciting about this tournament, it is that new names are always emerging to challenge the big clubs.

Last season's Villarreal is the most recent example of a small team that eliminated giants Bayern Munich to reach the semifinals. PSV Eindhoven (2005), Lyon (2010), AS Monaco (2004) and Ajax (2019) are just some of the many examples of David beating Goliath.

We take a look at five current Champions League teams that can surprise us all and go far in the competition.

5. Benfica

Benfica is no stranger to surprising everyone. Last season, the Portuguese club sent FC Barcelona to the Europa League.

To qualify for the Round of 16 and then go as far as possible, the team must beat Juventus in the group stage, assuming that PSG will be Group H leaders.

We can be sure that this is the worst Juventus we have seen in many years, and it is not unreasonable to think that Benfica can overtake them on points.

The team coached by German Roger Schmidt has good attacking options, with Portuguese international Rafa Silva and the dangerous Brazilian David Neres as the main threats.

The team has an important mix, with youngsters such as Enzo Fernandez and Gonçalo Ramos, along with veterans like Julian Draxler, Nicolas Otamendi and Greek international goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos.

4. Ajax

Ajax has the best youth academy in the history of football and continues to prove it every year. Regardless of the departure of important players to other clubs, the Dutch team always generates new talent. From time to time, we see generations going far in the Champions League, and this will continue to happen.

The Dutch side’s attack is truly fearsome, with Steven Bergwijn and Dusan Tadić as the main offensive weapons. The young talents of Mohammed Kudus (22), Jurrien Timber (21), Kenneth Taylor (20) and Edson Alvarez (24) bring freshness to a team led by Daley Blind, one of the greatest Dutch players of all time.

To qualify, Ajax must beat Group A rivals Napoli and Glasgow Rangers. It won't be easy, but the chances are good.

3. Milan

The Italian champions are looking to relive old glories at the continental level. Nostalgia overwhelms us when we remember that team with Pirlo, Shevchenko, Maldini, Seedorf, and Gattuso. We hope that Milan will soon be able to be an important team in Europe.

Although their previous Champions League campaign was a disaster, with them finishing last in their group; the team coached by Stefano Pioli has a strong case to win Group E, which includes Chelsea, Salzburg, and Zagreb.

The team has a reliable goalkeeper in Maignan, important defenders such as Theo Hernandez, Tomori, and Calabria, and fresh midfielders like Tonali and Bennacer. Not to mention the attack, formed by the world champion Olivier Giroud and the sensational Rafael Leo. In addition, there are good alternatives on the bench.

2. Borussia Dortmund

From Lewandowski to Aubameyang, then to Haaland. Borussia Dortmund always rebuilds to cause problems in Germany and Europe.

The team led by iconic midfielder Marco Reus had a remarkable transfer window, bringing in players like the German international Nico Schlotterbeck, Turkey's Salih Ozcan and France's Anthony Modeste.

Youth plays a key role in the team led by Edin Terzić, who counts on future stars such as Jude Bellingham (19), Gio Reyna (19) and Karim Adeyemi (20). With veterans like Raphael Guerreiro, Julian Brandt, Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard, they have more than enough to deliver in Europe.

1. Tottenham

Antonio Conte's team is as solid as ever. Spurs have already been doing well since last season in the Premier League, and in 2022/23 they look even better.

An attack formed by Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Richarlison should intimidate any opponent, but that's not all. They have an experienced goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris, supported by reliable defenders such as Cristian Romero.

Tottenham are in a group with Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon, and Marseille, and they have a good chance of not only making it to the Round of 16, but also of topping their group and avoiding difficult opponents in the next stage.