A plurality of players in Germany’s Bundesliga expect FC Barcelona to emerge triumphant from the 2012-2013 Champions League.
That is one of the results from Kicker magazine’s traditional year-end poll among the elite of German professional soccer.
Nearly 38 percent of the 244 players surveyed said Barça will bring home its fifth Champions League trophy, well ahead of the 26.8 percent who picked the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich to win Europe’s top club tourney.
Another German club, Borussia Dortmund, was picked to win by 21 percent of respondents.
Barcelona will face AC Milan in the knockout stage of the Champions League, while Bayern can look forward to a clash with Arsenal and Borussia must square off with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Last year’s winner, Chelsea, washed out of the competition in the group stage.