Who looks in best shape to rule Europe this season?
With the Champions League starting to get interesting as the knockout stages get nearer, CaughtOffside looks at the six leading contenders to go all the way and win the competition this season. Chelsea are flying high in the Premier League and are up there with the best of them, but may find conquering Europe a step too far for now with so much quality competition. Read on to see how we ranked these main six sides in their chances of winning the ultimate prize in football…
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6) Atletico Madrid
Beaten finalists last season, Atletico Madrid would do well to repeat their trick of reaching the final again, particularly as they look a weaker side than last year after losing so many of their best players. Still, in Diego Simeone they have a superbly inspirational manager and fine tactician. Also, in replacing Diego Costa after his move to Chelsea, the Spanish champions have Mario Mandzukic, a winner and scorer in the final with Bayern Munich back in 2013, so the pedigree is certainly there for Atleti to shock people once again.