No disrespect. But these teams in UEFA are what Hong Kong is in Asia Cup and India is in FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Perhaps it is good for their confidence and pride, but regardless of how much they try and how well they play, they will always be outplayed. In fact, it is very likely that the selection committee treats them as stepping stones for the bigger teams to stride ahead in the leagues.
Talking about UEFA, I am all in for Valencia this time (who, btw, lost to Juventus last night with 0-2). Aside from them, the same old teams, like Manchester United, Bayern, Madrid, and Liverpool are the favorites, expected to win the tournament.
Teams like Young Boys, Club Brugge and Internazionale, and even Benfica and Roma—they are still emerging. Indeed, they have some great talents. But they lag the impactful players that every team requires in such big leagues. In fact, lacking any big name is the sole reason that even when they put on great matches and win, they fail to make it to the headlines. So, at large, nobody really knows them who they are. This doesn’t mean they aren’t good though. But when comparing with the elephants, they aren’t good enough.
That being said, let’s not forget the epic storyline of Juventus. Once an overlooked underdog, the team is now hailed as one of the best and most competitive (even without Ronaldo).
So, let’s not dismiss the likes of Young Boys, Club Brugge,and Internazionale yet. BUT, don’t expect them to win big tournaments any time soon either.