Former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole, has named the four teams capable of winning the UEFA Champions League trophy ahead of Real Madrid this season.
Recall that Real Madrid won the Champions League last season in Paris after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final.
However, Cole has now insisted that he doesn’t see Real Madrid retaining their Champions League crown this season.
According to him, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich can win the Champions League this term.
Speaking on BT Sport following Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday night, Cole said: “You would think after I backed against them in every round last year that I would have learned my lesson. But I’m still going to say that I would put PSG, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich above them.
“I still think there are four teams more capable of winning next season’s Champions League than Real. You have to remember that they won the Champions League, and you have to give them massive credit. They’re all absolutely world-class players with a world-class manager.
“But think of all the stars that had to align for them to do that… in the game against Chelsea, against Man City, even in the final when Courtois had to have the game of his career.
“Can they do that again?”