Ronaldo predicts United UCL challenge

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Cristiano Ronaldo is confident Real Madrid can win the Champions League this season - but expects competition from the usual suspects.

The La Liga leaders are undoubted contenders for the prestigious trophy, but Ronaldo knows old club Manchester United will be one of those who are in the mix during the later stages of the tournament.

Chelsea were also highlighted as another English team who could challenge for the trophy, which has eluded Ronaldo since his move away from the Red Devils in 2009.

"At this club, it has always been a great pleasure to win the Champions League," Ronaldo told Record.

"Real are always favourite to win the trophy, but we also know that it is very hard to get it. But I think it is possible for us to win it.

"About our opponents, they are always the same: Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter and Bayern Munich."

The 26-year-old believes Jose Mourinho's current crop are the best team assembled during his three years at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a chance of trophies appearing more realistic than ever this term.

Pep Guardiola's Barca have been imperious both domestically and in Europe, and the former Old Trafford favourite is hopeful his team's fine form can continue.

"This may be the best Madrid team since I arrived at the club, but we are going to have to win things to confirm it," Ronaldo added.

"I hope we can continue like this, so that, in the end, we can be proud of what we did. I know the fans like what they have seen and that is the most important thing for us.

"We feel a great connection with the fans, we are playing well and the team's good moment is also the reflection of what the crowd give us."

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