The Champions League begins on Tuesday with the start of the group stages

Europe's elite club competition returns Today

The Champions League begins on Tuesday with the start of the group stages

Europe's elite club competition returns Today

12 September 2017 Tuesday 12:21
The Champions League begins on Tuesday with the start of the group stages

Europe's elite club competition returns Today, this time with five English clubs competing and Paris Saint-Germain ready to unleash their extortionate attacking line on teams across the continent.

Real Madrid head into the tournament sizing up the challenge of emerging victorious for an unprecedented third straight year.

Ahead of Tuesday's opening group matches, Sportsmail's reporters assess the most exciting sides and their chances, as well who could be the surprise package and how the English clubs are set to fare. 

Which side are you most looking forward to watching? 

Paris Saint-Germain. They won't be overwhelmingly popular in a Europe and the way they have spent money has changed the game but it will be fascinating to see how Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani click together.

Who could emerge as the surprise package? 

Tottenham. Plenty of people have them down for a group stage elimination but while Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are formidable opponents, Spurs at their best will give anyone a game. They are desperate to reach the knockout phase and I wouldn't bet against them doing it.

Which English Premier League team will go furthest? 

Manchester City. This could be the year when English teams flood the second half of the competition and it wouldn't surprise if there were two representatives in the last four. City score goals for fun, they look best equipped.

Who will win it? 

Feels a bit like sticking a pin in the runners and riders at this stage but I would love to finally see Juventus get the rewards their consistency in the competition deserves. 

Which side are you most looking forward to watching? 

Tottenham. Paris Saint-Germain is the obvious one because of their spending splurge but I think Tottenham will be a fascinating watch because the two English players with world-class potential - Harry Kane and Dele Alli - have to do the business against the likes of Dortmund and Real Madrid.

Who could emerge as the surprise package?

Napoli. They're joint-top of Serie A and have goals in the team with Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik. We'll know more after a tough opener away to Shakhtar.

Which Premier League team will go furthest?

Manchester City. They have a relatively comfortable group and by the knockout stages you'd have thought Pep Guardiola will have sorted out his best XI and system. Still won't be easy to get beyond quarters though.

Who will win it?

Real Madrid. Having backed against them last season because Champions League winners never retain their trophy, I'm doing a U-turn and saying 'three in a row'. Everything Zidane touches turns to gold. Ditto Cristiano.

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Updated: 13.09.2017 09:50
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