By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has revealed the ten teams he believes have a fighting chance of Champions League glory this season.
The Arsenal manager kicks off his latest quest for Europe’s biggest club prize when Braga visit Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. And naturally, Wenger includes his own club in his list of contenders for the trophy.
Indeed, the Frenchman believes all four English representatives are in the frame, including Champions League first-timers Tottenham. The rest of Wenger’s picks are taken from La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
“You have the two who were in last season’s Final [Inter Milan and Bayern Munich],” said Wenger.
“Then there are the two in Spain [Real Madrid and Barcelona], the four in England [Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea].
“That's eight. Then you have Milan, nine, and maybe one of the French teams. The most equipped [French team] is Lyon this season.”
Stadium: Bernabeu (80,354)
Real Madrid have won a record nine European Cups but six consecutive defeats in the round of 16 means they were in the second pot of seeds for the Group Stage draw. Their manager Jose Mourinho won the competition with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan last season.
Stadium: Old Trafford (75,957)
Manchester United have won three European Cups with their most recent victory coming in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea in the final in Moscow. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has won the competition twice in his 24 years in charge of the Premier League club
Stadium: Stamford Bridge (48,841)
Chelsea have never won the European Cup with defeat in the 2008 final the closest the west-London club have come lifting the trophy. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has previously won two Champions League titles with former club AC MIlan, in 2003 and 2007.
Stadium: San Siro (80,074)
The Rossoneri have won the European Cup an impressive seven times in their history, their most recent triumph coming with a 2-0 defeat of Liverpool in Athens in 2007. Coach Massimiliano Allegri has never previously managed in the Champions League.
Stadium: San Siro (80,074)
Holders Inter Milan's victory over Bayern Munich in May was the first time the Nerazzurri have lifted the trophy wince 1956. Manager Rafael Benitez won the competition with Liverpool in 2005 when they beat Milan on penalties.
Stadium: Camp Nou (98,772)
The Catalan club have won conquered Europe three times in their history and twice in the past five years. Manager Pep Guardiola was in charge of the team when they beat Manchester United in the 2009 final.
Stadium: White Hart Lane (36,310)
Tottenham are competing in the Champions League for the first time in their history. Manager Harry Redknapp has never previously managed in Europe's elite club competition.
Stadium: Stade de Gerland (40,494)
The French club are competing in the Champions League for the 12th time this season and reached the Semi-Final stage for the first time last season. Manager Claude Puel has been in charge since 2008.
Stadium: Allianz Arena (69,901)
The biggest name in German football, Bayern have won the European Cup four times with 2001 being their most recent triumph. Manager Louis van Gaal won the competition with Ajax in 1995.