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5 teams most likely to win the Champions League 2017/18

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UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup Draw
The UEFA Champions League trophy

The new season of football is up and running and so is the new season of Champions League. During the group stage draws, some mouth-watering clashes and highly difficult groups were announced.

Gameweek 1 of the group stages is already over, with no major upsets and Gameweek 2 just a week away, football pundits all around the world have already started arguing about the possible winner of Europe's elite competition. So, let's dig up some past performances and recent team results and check out which are the 5 most probable teams that could win this cup at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev next year.

5. Juventus

The Juventus team that faced Barcelona in the opening week of the Champions League

Juventus is the only team from Serie A, that has a realistic chance of winning the Champions League this season. Teams from Italy have a rich history of triumphing in the Champions League and Juventus have won the tournament before as well.

Their last Champions League title came in 1996 though, 21 years ago. Since then they have come close several times, the most recent being a 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in the finals last season. Juventus has won nearly everything in modern football, except for this trophy.

The Old Lady will be more than eager to win this season, after all this may well be Buffon's last chance of getting hold of this cup. However, their campaign didn't start like they would have wanted it to. They were completely thrashed by FC Barcelona, with Lionel Messi scoring a fine brace.

Drawn in a relatively difficult group, they will have to defeat Barcelona at Allianz Stadium for a realistic chance of topping the group and getting a relatively easy opponent in the next round. Good for them though, the match is still two months away and their home record is quite unbelievable. They were undefeated in all 29 games they played at their home ground last season.

Also read: 5 reasons why this will be the most exciting Serie A season

Player to watch: Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala is an extremely talented player and many refer him to as "The Next Big Thing." And people don't say things without any evidence. Well, numbers speak for themselves.

In 100 matches that he has played for Juventus, he has scored a whopping 52 goals and has 18 assists to his name. And that too at such a young age of 23.

The Argentine has been far more terrifying this season after he was given the no.10 Jersey. Since then he has scored 10 goals in 6 games for his team. As he grows, he not only grows stronger but is also making his team stronger. If Juventus has any hopes of winning this season's Champions League title, it depends all on the performance of "The Jewel", Dybala.

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