Europe’s premier competition returns less than two months after Bayern Munich picked up the 2019-20 title in Lisbon, but who is best equipped to win it this time?
We go again, hopefully not exactly the same.
Last season’s Champions League was eventually able to resume and then finish in altered circumstances for obvious reasons, but – for now – we’re back to the classic format as the 2020-21 group stages kick off on Tuesday evening.
Bayern Munich were lifting the famous old trophy in Lisbon just 59 days ago, and the Germans are seen the favourites to do so again as Europe’s heavyweights converge on the continental top table.
Could there be some surprises though?
Here, ahead of the big kick-off, we take a look at where all 32 clubs are going into the competition and rank them on just how likely they are to lift the big shiny thing.
Note: This isn’t necessarily a ranking of the best clubs, but more how likely they are to win the Champions League based on their group stage draw, squad strength and current form.
One of Europe’s evocative old names return to the Champions League for the first time in 25 years, and they do so at the Nou Camp.
Given that the Hungarians have also been put in a group with Juventus then a repeat of their 1995 third-placed finish is surely the best they can hope for,
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