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Five clubs to challenge Barcelona in next season’s Champions League

Barcelona´s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after winning the Spanish King´s Cup final match against on May 13, 2009 at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Barcelona won 4-1.  AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE TELETIPOS_CORREO:SPO,SPO,%%%,%%% review five clubs who can challenge Barcelona in the champions league next term

After a truly dominant season from Barcelona, in every competition, we take a look five clubs who can realistically stop them, in the Champions League, at least, next season. With Barca having already started recruiting, it could well be even harder for anyone hoping to challenge.

Real Madrid
Having won the competition last year and reached the semi-finals this time around, under winning manager Rafa Benitez, they have been made 11/2 second-favourites with Bet365 to win it again next season. They will, no doubt strengthen significantly in the summer, and their new coach will have his own ideas on potential signings.

Need anymore convincing at the price on offer? Two words: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bayern Munich
The Champions League title still evades Pep Guardiola since he became Bayern coach; something he will have targeted, since taking over the German giants. They definitely have the talent in the squad to do it, and the slightest tweak could well mean they go all the way. With Coral, they are 11/2 to win it next term.

Manchester United
Perhaps surprising, however, this will be the Red Devils first season in the Champions League, under new coach Louis van Gaal, who proved at the World Cup, while in charge of Netherlands, that he is somewhat of a tournament specialist.

With a raft of new signings, United can be competitive in Europe, though they are 25/1 ninth favourites with Bet365 to win the competition, though must first progress through a qualifying round. When United are in the mood in Europe, opponents often don’t know what’s hit them. This price is begging to be taken advantage of, and with United linked to some of the best players on the continent at the moment, there is absolutely no reason why the Red Devils can’t topple Barca.

It has long been thought that the Gunners’ style of football is suited to continental competitions, and they are getting stronger every season. However, they are 25/1 with Bet Victor to win. Should Arsene Wenger land a host of world class signings, these odds may tumble significantly.

Having won the Premier League, Jose Mourinho will look to go one better and do what he has never achieved with the Blues. They are 8/1 fourth-favourites with PaddyPower to secure European glory and behind Barcelona, maybe have one of the best squads on the continent. recommended bet: Take 25/1 on Manchester United @ Bet365 and tick the box to go each way

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