FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich? These are some of the teams that go through a fan's head when talking about the Champions League.
While Bayern seem to be a very potent force in European football, this season just might be the season that the trophy returns to Spain.
It's no secret that Real Madrid are desperately chasing the famous "La Decima", their tenth European title. I mean, one does not simply spend a world-record fee on a player just to win the domestic league.
Beside Madrid's giant spending on players, they seem to be struggling a lot more in La Liga, than in the Champions League. Perhaps they are more motivated to win the European trophy than any other title? In all of Mourinho's years, only the semi-finals could be reached, but somehow the jaw-dropping trophy managed to elude them.
In Barcelona's case, only Neymar was brought in. Adding flair and unpredictability to the wings, Messi and the Brazilian should have no trouble getting far in the competition. Although the 1-1 draw at the San Siro on Tuesday evening was not the expected result, fans must remember that Milan is not the easiest of opponents to face, nor is the San Siro the calmest environment to visit. While their impressive start to the league was halted by Osasuna, they should have no problem regaining top form in La Liga and in Europe.
Bayern, oh, Bayern. It seems as if the German giants plan to demolish any team they face before every game. Their impressive treble-winning campaign last season seemed to be them at their peak.
But, with the addition of Pep Guardiola to their ranks, Bayern has been wiping the floor with any team that they have faced, including Manchester City. Pep accepts nothing less than perfection, and winning all three of the trophies again seems like the ideal target.
Winners - Bayern Munich
Runners-up - Real Madrid
The Bavarians have been outstanding in all competitions so far and no end appears to be in sight for them. While Real Madrid struggle against relatively small teams in their domestic league, but conquer in the Champions League.
Their game against Italian giants, Juventus, should provide them with a vital progress report that will help them assess how their European title hopes shape up.
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