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Champions Club: Real Madrid & Dortmund favourites for European glory

Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton and former Champions League winner Didi Hamann as we preview this season's elite competition

The Champions League returns this week, as 32 teams battle it out for a place in the final at Benfica's Estadio da Luz stadium.

Holders Bayern Munich start their title defence in the Russian capital, but with a new manager and ethos yet to settle, will last year's winners still be standing come this season's showpiece? And following a summer of unrivalled transfer activity, which stars will shine brightest in European football's premier competition.

In the first in our new series, Nat Coombs is joined by international football writer Peter Staunton and Champions League winner Didi Hamann as we highlight the ones to watch, and those we expect to flop, in this year's tournament.

Welcome to the Champions Club.

Didi and Peter have had their say and now it's time for you to have yours. Tweet us using the hashtag #ChampionsClub to predict your winners. To put a question to our panel, leave your comment below.

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