Barring a disaster in La Anoeta for Real Sociedad against Lyon in a pre-qualifying second leg tie, four Spanish clubs are set to be participating in this year’s edition of the Champions League.
Last season’s smash hits, Malaga, are much-missed absentees this time around, but a truly brilliant campaign from the San Sebastian side sees La Real joining Real Madrid, Barcelona and a returning Atletico Madrid at Europe’s top table.
The previous campaign introduced the wider world to Real Madrid’s French defender, Raphael Varane, and Spanish playmaker, Isco. There is even more talent to be unearthed when the group stages get underway in what is set to be a classic Champions League contest.
Here are four footballers set to take the competition by storm and make very big names for themselves.