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Champions League 2013/14 predictions

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The Champions League, possibly the most important trophy within world football, a battle between Europe's elite for the most prestigious honour in club football.

Real Madrid are of course the most successful team in the history of European football with an untouched 9 trophies, while Liverpool are still top the list of English clubs with an outstanding five trophies, most recently the 3-3 thriller in Istanbul.

Whichever way you look at it, the Champions League is still a thrilling competition that brings the best out of the top teams around Europe.

Bayern Munich are the holders of "old big ears" after an enthralling battle with bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. But this time round the competition will be even tighter, if that's possible?

Many see the Galacticos as clear favourites after their world-record acquisition of Gareth Bale, but fellow Spanish giants Barcelona may have something to say about that after unveiling their very own big-money marquee man is the shape of Brazilian wonderkid Neymar.

German heavyweights Munich and Dortmund are bound to be up there with Bayern now under the control of tactical genius Pep Guardiola and Dortmund seeming somehow even stronger than last season, even after the loss of former talisman Mario Gotze to noisy-neighbours Munich.

England have surprisingly fallen behind in the past few years after Barcelona's dominance and now a German takeover. United, Arsenal and Chelsea will want to overwhelm their European rivals, and, despite two somewhat dismal spells in the competition, Pellegrini may be the answer to City's European difficulties.

The Chilean has European experience and had a rather successful spell with Malaga last time round taking the Spanish minnows to a respectable quarter-final.

Obviously, there are many key attributes needed to earn the plaudits of the Champions League crown, but this year's competition looks set to be an absolute belter not only for the football fans, but even for the neutrals.

Madrid are the bookies' favourites to win their 10th European title, but you can't deny the sheer quality of Barcelona and on their night the Spanish champions are unplayable - especially now with the formidable partnership of Lionel Messi and Neymar.

But Madrid can certainly match that combination, if not beat it, boasting the most expensive and second most expensive player to ever brace the game.

Putting all the key factors into perspective I feel that if Rooney and Van Persie can perform as well on the pitch as they show on paper, United will be a force to be reckoned with.

Bale and Ronaldo are self explanatory, as well as Neymar and the best player this world has ever seen: Lionel Messi.

Man United, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the obvious contenders for the honours but with every competition comes an underdog and I think that this may be Dortmund's year.

I feel Bayern Munich will fall off in the latter stage of the competition but I believe Borussia Dortmund can wow Europe for the second year running.

But the real men who have a point to prove are PSG; the money they've spent entitles them to feel ready to challenge with Europe's elite and with the summer acquisition of Edinson Cavani there is no reason why the combination of Ibra and Cavani can't upset the Spanish big boys this year.

But in all honesty I feel that the 10th trophy is Real Madrid's this time round.

Who do you think will win the 2013/14 Champions League?


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