Will there be a first time Champions League winner this year
Champions League By: Okanga Okanga | 20/04/2017
Only a total of 22 different teams have won the biggest club football competition in the world. Will there be a club 23 this year, you wonder?Undecima! On the extreme top of the pile, Real Madrid hold a Champions League winning record of 11 titles. On the other extreme of that scale are clubs such as Feyernoord, Celtic, Aston Villa, Steau Bucharest, Chelsea and Hamburg SV who have each been lucky to take home the honor once in their history. With the quarter-finals now concluded and a number of past champions ousted, the stage is again set for a new winner to emerge this year. Barcelona 0-0 Juventus (0-3): 9 Talking PointsA walk down history Lane shows that this is not something that happens very often. 2012 champions Chelsea are the last first time winners of the competition. They are also the only team to have achieved that feat in the 21st century - a bragging right that they hold over other nouveau riche club's such as Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain. In contrast to this millennial scarcity, the 90's saw a more significant number of first time winners, including the only French champs Olympique Marseille (1993), Borussia Dortmund (1997) and... yes, FC Barcelona (1992).Last season, either one of Manchester City or Atletico Madrid could have lifted the trophy for the first time as they both made it to this stage. Both, however swallowed the poisoned pill of Real Madrid, with the English side dropping out coyly at the round of 4. This season, while it is possible to have an all-first timers final, it is also possible that no potential first time winner makes it to the final. This will be so if Juventus and Real Madrid avoid each other and manage to beat their respective opponents. If those two avoid each other and both get knocked out then there will definitely be a new name amongst the exclusive class as neither Atletico Madrid nor AS Monaco has won the trophy before. Higuain must take fine Serie A form to the Champions LeaguePerhaps, if either Monaco or Atletico make it to the final the team they would love to face would be Juventus. The Old Lady have a reputation as the worst finalists ever, having lost six and won just two of their eight final appearances. Atletico Madrid themselves have endured two heartbreaking final defeats to their derby rivals Real Madrid. This is Los Colchoneros' third semi-final in four years and, while the prospect of gaining revenge on their neighbors may be tempting, Diego Simeone's side will rather take any sort of victory to wash away their tears. The last time AS Monaco came close was in 2004 when they knocked out Chelsea in the semifinal only to be thrashed 3-0 by then future Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's FC Porto. Can they or Atletico Madrid end this exciting season on a template of gold?