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Peter Crouch picks his Champions League winner after some huge midweek results

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The Champions League arrived back our television screens with a bang in midweek.

Three Premier League sides showed their class with Manchester City beating Basel away 4-0, Liverpool thrashing Porto 5-0 in Portugal and Tottenham earning a fantastic 2-2 draw against Juventus in Turin.

There was also a true classic between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at the Bernabeu, with the Spanish giants sealing a priceless 3-1 win.

Not a bad start, with two exciting fixtures in Chelsea v Barcelona and Manchester United v Sevilla to come next week.

It is set to be one of the most open Champions League tournaments ever, with any number of teams capable of lifting the trophy in Kiev.

There is a school of thought that thinks it is the right time for an English team to once again reign supreme, with a Premier League side having not won the trophy since Chelsea in 2012.

Well, Peter Crouch entertained that notion in his Daily Mail column, but even after the impressive displays already shown by the British boys, the Stoke striker does not have any of them as favourites.

CROUCH'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FAVOURITE

He wrote: "It looks good for Premier League teams making up half of the quarter-final draw and I really believe we could have our first success in the competition since 2012 in May.

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"Barcelona are my choice of winners at this stage and I think we will get a better glimpse of our capabilities once we have faced them, Real Madrid (or PSG) and Bayern Munich. They continue to set the standards."

Clearly, Crouch values the Blaugrana's experience in the competition, with Barca lifting the trophy four times since their first success v Arsenal in 2006.

In quite a lot of football fans books, City are the favourites, with Pep Guardiola's side showing easily the finest domestic form of any side in the competition.

Barca may be unbeaten in La Liga, but City's current haul of 72 points after 27 games is just ridiculous. Records will be shattered.

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UEFA Champions League
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Liverpool
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