It may seem like a lifetime ago since Eric Abidal lifted the Champions League trophy at Wembley, but the Champions League finally returns this week.
Barcelona are once again favourites to lift the trophy at the Allianz Arena in May, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid won’t give up the trophy without a fight.
One of the most intriguing games of the opening round sees Manchester City take on Napoli at the Etihad Stadium. You would have to be foolish to write off City’s chances of making the final, especially with the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez at Roberto Mancini’s disposal. Whilst many people have tipped the newcomers to go far, they will first of all have to progress from the ‘group of death’ with Bayern Munich, Villarreal and the Italians all posing big threats.
There have been a number of great Champions League clashes between English and Italian sides in recent years; here’s our top five.