We could be in for a captivating UEFA Champions League campaign as we enter the knockout phases of this year's competition. Here are the top teams that may be on their way to lifting the trophy in Lisbon...
The 2012 Champions League winners haven’t had the best of starts, despite still topping their group. Jose Mourinho has a chance to put things right for the Blues this year, if he is able to keep his players injury-free.
Chelsea have shown in the past that they can win against the biggest teams on the big occasions, although the consistency of the strikers in the team may prevent them from going all the way.
4) Real Madrid
Real have been rather unlucky during previous campaigns, however with the sparkling form of Cristiano Ronaldo and new signing Gareth Bale, Madrid are still very capable of winning the tournament.
With new manager Carlo Ancelotti leading the squad, it is clear that the Italian has an abundance of experience in Europe after winning the trophy twice with AC Milan.
The Catalan giants have blossomed in the recent pasr, having won the trophy twice against Manchester United and Arsenal.
With the magical footballing excellence of Lionel Messi and creativity from Xavi and Andres Iniesta, there is no way of ruling out a quality team who have all the attributes to win such a major trophy.
Arsene Wenger’s squad are in the midst of a trophy dry spell and the Gunners have been haunted with minor defeats.
Arsenal have been under pressure for a number of seasons due to the lack of trophies they win. However, now Wenger appears to possess a side who are looking extremely eager to win.
The desire has stayed within them since the start of the season, with Arsenal currently sitting in first position in the Premier League. With the arrival of German star Mesut Özil and the blistering form of Aaron Ramsey, this team has a strong chance of winning the Champions League.
1) Bayern Munich
Jupp Heynckes retired after managing Bayern Munich in style as the German side won the treble with ease last season. Bayern are arguably one of the best teams in Europe and have maintained their current form tremendously well.
The reigning European champions are favourites again to win the trophy, with the likes of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry in impeccable form.
It may not be the easiest challenge for Pep Guardiola this season, but it is fair to say that his side can win anything.
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