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Champions League 2017-18: Can anyone stop Real Madrid?

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Real Madrid became the first team in the Champions League era to retain European football’s top trophy last season and with 2017-18 just around the corner, all eyes will be focused on usurping the Spaniards this season.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have won the pinnacle of club football in three of the last four years, vindicating their status as arguably the biggest club in the global game.

A 4-1 win over Juventus in the final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium back in June capped a fantastic season for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, who will take some beating in the new campaign.

With the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo showing why he is the current Ballon d’Or holder, world-class talent all over the pitch and a few exciting new faces, Madrid are the complete package.

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There is a feeling that there are only a handful of teams that could be good enough to knock Madrid off their perch, with age-old rivals Barcelona certainly one of the contenders.

Despite the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee and a new coach at the helm, the Catalan giants are still loaded with supreme ability.

In Lionel Messi Barcelona possess a superstar capable of winning a game single-handedly, while the Camp Nou side are sure to spend their proceeds from Neymar’s sale on a new exciting addition.

The Blaugrana are at odds of 5/1 to win the Champions League next season in Ernesto Valverde’s first campaign in the Barcelona hotseat.

Bayern Munich are a consistent threat in the Champions League and were the last non-Spanish side to win the tournament, in 2013. Carlo Ancelotti knows what it takes to land the crown as a manager and his Allianz Arena squad is packed with Germany international stars.

A menacing home record and massive fan base make Bayern one of the favourites with the bookmakers, who offer up odds of around 6/1 for the Bavarians to become European champions once more.

PSG’s owners have shown their ambition with the signing of Neymar, with the French capital city outfit desperate to be in the running to claim the Champions League.

A forward line of the Brazilian star, Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria is mouth-watering and on their day Unai Emery’s men are capable of beating anyone in Europe.

If you think 2017-18 will be PSG’s year, odds of 11/1 are available for the Ligue 1 side to become the continent’s top dogs.

With the final qualifying round draw having already taken place, the make-up of world football’s top club tournament is close at hand, with Europe’s top teams set to fight it out for Champions League glory again this season.

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