Champions Club: Real Madrid & Dortmund favourites for European glory

Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton and former Champions League winner Didi Hamann as we preview this season’s elite competition

The Champions League returns this week, as 32 teams battle it out for a place in the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz stadium.

Holders Bayern Munich, drawn in Group D alongside Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, start their campaign in the Russia capital on Tuesday night, while last season’s runners-up, Borussia Dortmund, take on Napoli a day later.

Barcelona are the bookies’ favourites, Dortmund and Arsenal are among the backable outsiders, but what do our experts think?

Welcome to the Champions Club.

In the first in our new series, Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton and Champions League winner Didi Hamann as we highlight the ones to watch, and those we expect to flop, in this year’s tournament.

Didi and Peter have had their say and now it’s time for you to have yours. Tweet us using the hashtag #ChampionsClub to predict your winners. To put a question to our panel, leave you comment below.

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