The Champions League makes its highly-anticipated return today. Hoorah!
Barcelona, Manchester City, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are all in action tonight as Europe’s finest come together in the elite competition.
They’ll be looking to knock Real Madrid off their perch, Los Blancos’ success in May meaning they have collected the big-eared trophy twice in the past three years.
Once again, plenty of attention will be paid to the Premier League clubs as they look to become the first English club to win the Champions League since Chelsea’s triumph in 2012.
Man City were the only club from British shores to advance from the round-of-16 in another disappointing season for the English representatives. Arsenal failed to reach the quarter-final for the sixth straight season, while Chelsea lost home and away to Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16.
Manchester United, champions of Europe three times, were knocked out at the group stage.
Gary Lineker's prediction
The Red Devils aren’t in this season’s edition of the competition; its instead up to City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur to fly the flag.
After last-season’s run to the semi-final, and with Pep Guardiola now in charge, Gary Lineker reckons City could go all the way.
“Pep Guardiola has managed to change the way they play so quickly,” the BT Sport presenter told the Daily Mail.
“It shows what a master teacher he clearly is to do it so quickly. It says a lot about his players as well. They've adapted quickly. They are intelligent.
“I suspect City will be our club that would have the best chance of success this season in the Champions League and they could conceivably go all the way.”
The trophy has gone to a Spanish club in each of the past three seasons but Lineker doesn’t think it will be long before English clubs rule Europe.
“At the moment Spanish football is super-dominant,' the former Barcelona striker continued. “We've had our moments, as has Italian football and German football.
“But now we're seeing that the best coaches in the world go to our league and I think what will ensue is that the best players in the world will come to our league.
“Our league is where all the real money is and it is only a matter of time. In terms of the Messis and Ronaldos, it's a bit late for them.
“But I'm convinced we'll see the next superstars will come to our league and our big clubs will be the Barcelonas and Real Madrids of tomorrow.”