|English Team To Win The Tournament||13/8||Bet365|
|Man City To Win The Tournament||7/2||Ladbrokes|
With the Champions League returning this week to determine qualification for the knockout rounds in 2019, there will be many eyes on both Tottenham and Liverpool, who have both yet to qualify out of their respective groups.
England’s last Champions League winner dates back to Chelsea’s emphatic and bizarre run in the 2011/12 season, overcoming Bayern Munich in their own Allianz Arena. Since then, only Man City and Liverpool have reached the semi-finals or further.
Football usually mimics life in that it goes around in cycles - what’s on trend and what’s not - and English clubs have been out of the inner circle for some time. Spain and Germany have taken over in that respect, with Juventus leading Italy’s case in European football.
However, Premier League teams have been inching closer, and with Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, two managers who have previously reached finals before taking over Man City and Liverpool, they stand the best chance of making England sit on top of the European throne.
So, for this season’s Champions League, can any English club overthrow the regime?
Manchester City, still, represent an English team’s best hopes of winning the Champions League.
Although they are yet to go the full distance and reach a final, Guardiola has experience of winning the prestigious trophy and has built a squad capable of achieving such a feat.
There have been moments this season - against Lyon in Europe and, most recently, against Chelsea in the Premier League - where City’s vulnerabilities have been on show, but they still remain an immensely driven and creative group that find solutions to their problems.
At some point this season, there may be a moment where Guardiola has to weigh up whether to go for broke in the Champions League, or stick with the Premier League and retain the title.
He might have a world-class squad, but he doesn’t have Lionel Messi to achieve the treble with and in England, this year, the competition in Liverpool is now starting to bubble.
If Guardiola does choose the European route - which is what fans would prefer to see - then it’s hard to look past them. Providing they can keep Sergio Agüero fit and firing, City have a wonderfully well-balanced team that can operate on all fronts, no matter the opposition.
The former Barça coach has instilled a winning mentality into his group of players and a continental philosophy that can take on any team in Europe - they will not be intimidated by any club out there.
City have a genuine chance this season and Irish bookmakers Paddy Power have priced them at 7/2 to seize it with both hands, with the best British bookies offering around 10/3. They are England’s best hope.
The Reds managed a runner’s up position in last season’s Champions League, which was, by and large, their greatest accomplishment under Klopp’s influence so far.
It was somewhat unexpected that Liverpool made the final, but they deserved to be there after some enthralling performances throughout - especially against this year’s title contenders City.
Like the Citizens, Liverpool have built a squad that has its merits in competing in both Europe and domestically. The additions of Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri have given the Reds another edge, while their front three will also prove to be a handful to any defence in the world.
Although they are high-flying in the Premier League, it was not a well-executed group stage from the Reds, but they managed to put things right in their final home game against the Italians, beating Napoli 1-0 to advance through as runners-up.
The Reds, under Klopp, have an impressive record from the round of 16 onwards in Europe and play in a style that is suited to European football. With their enigmatic front three, bolstered by their hard-working midfield and formidable defence, Liverpool have an organised team that feel confident in the way they play.
Winning the Champions League this season, with their minds firmly set on the Premier League, might be a step too far, but they are certainly one of the contenders.
Some of the new UK betting sites are offering Liverpool to win the European competition at 10/1.
Their domestic form might be repugnant, but they have only recently become the first team to beat Juventus in Europe at the Allianz Stadium since 2007 with a masterful performance by José Mourinho.
The Red Devils have already qualified and will likely stay in second place, meaning their next opponent could be a true contender for the trophy.
Given the Portuguese coach’s experience, and especially what he did with Inter in 2010, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world to witness United go far in the competition - although the game has moved on considerably and Mourinho has shown he is hesitant to change his ways.
United do not have much to play for left in the Premier League, with top four looking like a million miles away. Their best bet would be to give the Champions League their all and see where the chips lie at the end.
No one is expecting anything spectacular, but fans do want to see some sort of entertainment being played out at Old Trafford.
They are priced ambitiously at 13/2 to top Group H with Paddy Power and 40/1 to win the tournament.
It was looking improbable a few months back for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs to qualify out of Group B, but with some good fortune and a 1-1 draw in Barcelona, Tottenham finished second and of Inter.
After pulling off the unexpected, Spurs will be pitted against a group winner in Monday's draw. Tottenham have, in the past, been known to rustle some feathers when going up against Europe’s elite, but, depending on who the team are, this might be one step too far.
Pochettino is embroiled in a race for top four among Chelsea and Arsenal, who are both playing in the Europa League. The Argentinean manager will need to decide whether he prioritises finishing in a Champions League spot for next year, or going for it in whichever European competition he finds himself in.
Spurs do not possess the same calibre of squad that City or Liverpool do and simply cannot pose a credible threat in both competitions. It is unlikely that they will make it past the quarter-finals.