It won’t be long until Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are spent watching the best clubs in Europe do battle in the Champions League.
This season’s competition to looks set to be more competitive than ever with Real Madrid hoping to fend off the challenge of the likes Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus to retain the trophy.
If they do, they would become the first side to win consecutive Champions League titles in the modern format after they lifted the trophy in May after beating Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout.
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In fact, the last three years the competition has been won by Spanish sides with Madrid triumphing in 2014 and Barcelona in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Premier League sides have only won the trophy twice in the previous 11 season with Manchester United in 2008 and Chelsea in 2012.
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However, new Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti thinks an English side could win it this season in the form of Manchester City. The only problem for City is that the Italian thinks there are six other teams that could win it this season.
Ancelotti's seven clubs
“There are seven teams that can win it,” he said in an interview with Marca.
“The big three Spanish sides [Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid] Juventus, Manchester City, PSG and Bayern.”
Ancelotti's European Cup history
If there’s anyone qualified to speak about the Champions League, it’s Ancelotti. He won consecutive European Cups when he was a player at AC Milan during the 1988/89 and 1989/90 seasons.
As a manager, he also won it on two occasions with Milan in 2003 and 2007, while he also triumphed as Madrid boss in 2014.
Now though, Ancelotti is hoping to win the trophy for his third different team with him being in charge of Bayern Munich.
With Bayern dominating domestically, Ancelotti has insisted that his main aim will be to win the Champions League this season, especially after the Bavarians have been eliminated in the last-four each year since they last won it in 2013.
Ancelotti on his Bayern aims
“The club has won the last four Bundesligas,” he said.
“We just need a little more in the Champions League. We need to arrive to the latter stages in good shape.
“We have now gone out at the semi-final stage for the last three times.”
It certainly would be surprising if a team other than the seven aforementioned clubs were lifting the Champions League trophy in Cardiff come May and Ancelotti will do everything in his power to ensure that it's Bayern winning their sixth European Cup.
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