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Champions League is back! Teams to be wary of this season
By Robert Abong'o | Updated Sep 12, 2017 at 10:39 EAT
Real Madrid won the 2016/17 Champiosn League

The UEFA Champions League is set to begin with mouth watering clashes lined up

Spanish champions Real Madrid look to defend their title for the third time and rewrite history books

The greatest football competition in Europe is back.

This season’s UEFA Champions League is set to be one of the most memorable, with all big teams arguably back amongst the elite, ready to compete for Europe’s top prize.

Most football pundits have tipped Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain to go all the way to the final in Kiev, Ukraine – the teams undoubtedly showcasing most of Europe’s finest talents.

The Los Blancos, led by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to rewrite the history books, aiming to lift a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title in three seasons. They beat Italian rivals Juventus last season 3-1 at Cardiff in the final.

Paris St. Germain have also acquired the services of ex-Barca man Neymar and French teenager Kylian Mbappe, attempting again to lift an elusive Champions League title. The French outfit spent more than 350 million euros on the pair, purchasing them from Barcelona and AS Monaco respectively.

Manchester United are also back amongst Europe’s elite, drawing FC Basel, Portuguese champs SL Benfica and Russian club CSK Moscow. The club had drawn the Russian club in the Champions League during Loius Van Gaal’s last season in charge and will be looking to stamp their authority in European football again.

Chelsea are also back in the competition after winning the Premier League last season, drawing Azerbaijan club FC Qarabag, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma. Antonio Conte will be looking to lead them through a tough group.

Barcelona and Juventus have also been drawn together, bringing back memories of that final in Berlin where the Catalans were too strong for The Old Lady, edging them 3-1 after 90 minutes.

Perhaps the group everyone is talking about is Group H. The group consists Spanish champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspurs and APOEL Nicosia. Mauricio Pochettino has never been a lucky man with Spurs in the Champions League and will be relishing the clashes at Wembley.


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