Former Liverpool ace believes the only English threat to the competition comes from Stamford Bridge.
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has said that he believes Chelsea are the only English side that have any real chance of winning the Champions League this season, according to the Daily Mirror.
The former Liverpool midfielder moved from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich and is now attempting to win European club football’s biggest prize with his third different club.
And the 32-year-old has now backed his own side and Jose Mourinho’s men to make a real impact on the tournament this year.
“Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, ourselves – Dortmund are always a tricky club to play against,” Alonso said. “So I respect lots of clubs; Paris Saint Germain as well. It’s quite open,” he said.
“You could see last season that have taken a step up – they are playing great stuff.
“We faced them in a pre-season friendly with Madrid, so I know how they play. They are definitely going to be challenging for the Scudetto, and they want to reach the next stage in the Champions League.
“So for us, the one in Rome – the first one – is a vital game, because we have got six points from the first two games and we are in a good position.”
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