Barcelona look certain to win an unprecedented third successive title, if history tells us anything.
The minimum points total needed to win D1 is, on average, 91 points.
Only two clubs in Top 100 have ever finished the season with 91 points or more in D1: Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Bayern’s recent fall from grace suggests that they will not challenge again this season, either.
That said, Chelsea’s second place last season was achieved with the equal lowest points haul ever, and their third place in S9 was the lowest third pace total until Liverpool went lower in S10!
Still, Chelsea look to be the only team that could realistically put up a challenge, based on historical points tally, and are certain to finish in the top four.
What about the Juventus, who arguably have the strongest squad? A bit of a cup team, Juve’s record is relatively poor and disappointing in the league. Third place in S7 is their best placed finish, and they really should do better. They look certain to finish in the top four, at least.
Of the promoted teams, PSG look like they could have the squad, manager and momentum to make a challenge for the top 4.
Dortmund don’t quite have the same D1 pedigree, but the way they won D2 with a record points haul suggests they could also challenge this season.
A bit like Juventus, Arsenal have historically underachieved. Could this be their season?
Liverpool have just finished S10 with their best ever points tally and league position – can they continue that vein of from?
Real Madrid, whose manager Sir Stephen Beddows has already ruled out a title challenge, have never finished outside the top ten, and are famously now the only team in Top 100 history to have finished above Bayern Munich twice and not won the title.