Gareth Bale speaks out on his one Tottenham Hotspur regret

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However, Bartomeu's theory will be put under the spotlight straight away with the visit of Juventus, who dumped Barca out at the quarter-final stage 3-0 on aggregate last season.

So what chance of a fifth triumph this term?

The Wales legend told Sky Sports: 'You look at the current Manchester United team and you wonder if they can they win the Champions League? When you're a young player who arrives on the scene and starts doing well people figure you out and you have to find other ways to get past the opposition. His experience in the competition is certain to make Bayern strong contenders and they will look for revenge should they meet Real in one of the knockout rounds.

The Champions League roars back to life on Tuesday night.

"[Danny] Welbeck being back is also a big plus, but their problems are the same problems, and that central defensive area will be their Achilles heel this season. The issue would be if Conte is balancing the job - there were certainly rumblings that all wasn't well - and if that comes to the fore that would definitely disrupt a Champions League campaign". The Bavarian giants are always in contention when it comes to the Champions League and previous year they were a little unfortunate to go out of the competition. "They're no longer an invincible machine, and it's not just because they've lost Neymar either - even their engine in midfield has broken down".

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has no interest in a move to Paris Saint-Germain as the attacker recalled Barcelona's interest in him as a teenager.

Two of the revelations of European football last season go head-to-head in Group G as Leipzig welcome Monaco on their Champions League debut.

Jose Mourinho can be happy with how Manchester United's return after a one-year absence is shaping up, along with his own quest to be the first person to coach three different clubs to European glory. He just knows how to win, that fella.

On the individual level, Cristiano Ronaldo will have the opportunity to add to his UCL-record 105 goals.

In Europe they call it "making the cut of March" - proving that you are one of the continent's biggest football clubs by reaching the latter stages of the Champions League, every year.

The player was also asked what the hardest part of being a footballer is for him, and as expected, he singled out the travelling.

That was evident on the second match day of the Serie A season when Paulo Dybala's hat trick helped them to a comeback 4-2 win at Genoa.