With League seasons kicking off all around Europe in recent weeks, it won’t be long until attention turns to club football’s most prestigious tournament, the UEFA Champions League.
With that in mind we take a look at who the Bookmakers rate as the five teams most likely to lift the famous trophy in May of next year.
Real Madrid 8/1
Despite being the reigning Champions and having won the tournament on a record three consecutive occasions the bookies only make Real Madrid the third favourites to retain their crown.
That’s probably because of the Cristiano Ronaldo shaped hole Los Blancos now have in their side after the Champions Leagues all-time leading goalscorer joined Juventus for £100 million earlier this season.
Bayern Munich 7/1
Bavarian giants Bayern have won the European Cup five times in their illustrious history and the Bundesliga Champions are usually a safe bet to reach the latter stages of the competition.
Under new management, in the form Niko Kovac and with the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben entering the twilight of their careers, it will be interesting to see if the German side can go all the way this season.
The Old Lady have dominated Italian football in recent years winning seven successive Serie A titles, as well as finishing runners-up in two of the last four Champions League finals.
With the shrewd Max Allegri at the helm and the superstar that is Cristiano Ronaldo now amongst their ranks, Juventus are being tipped by many to win their first European Cup in 22 years this season.
La Liga giants Barcelona are another side who have always been there or thereabouts in the top European competition over the last decade.
As always the Nou Camp outfit will be looking to their Talisman Lionel Messi to inspire them to glory, with the Argentine superstar looking to win the fifth Champions League title of his sensational career.
Manchester City 11/2
There can be little doubt that Pep Guardiola’s superb Manchester City side are one of, if not, the best team in Europe at the moment.
The Citizens romped to the Premier League title last year in record-breaking fashion, playing some of the most impressive attacking football that English football has ever seen in the process.
Guardiola has however not made it by the semi-final stage since 2011, with both his Bayern Munich and Man City sides suffering some sobering defeats in the latter stages in recent years.
This does not seem to have affected how the bookies view City though, with the Premier League Champions the favourites to lift Europes most prestigious trophy in Madrid next May.
The Champions League proper will begin with the first round of group games scheduled for 18-19 September.