The biggest club competition in Europe returns on Tuesday after a summer hiatus and there are some serious players looking to take home the trophy in 2021/22.
After Chelsea hoisted its second UCL title last season by beating Manchester City in the final, the Blues entered this year’s competition with significant expectations, along with the likes of City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show this summer with blockbuster transfer moves to PSG and Man United, respectively.
Outside of Real Madrid’s run of three straight UCL titles from 2016 to 2018, no other clubs have repeated as champion since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, meaning Chelsea's chances at repeating are very unlikely.
Here’s a look at five bold predictions for this season’s Champions League.