Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos: Barcelona & Inter look strong for the Champions League

Spanish champions and Italian giants will be 'very competitive' as they gun for European club football's greatest prize, claims Spain international
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes Barcelona and Inter will be leading the challenge for the Champions League trophy next term, but says that picking a winner is a tough ask.

Pep Guardiola's men showed class and style last season as they scooped the Spanish title and European Cup, leaving Madrid with only the Copa del Rey to shout about.

Ramos and the Bernabeu side have great expectations ahead of the new campaign, but the Spain international feels another fight with their Clasico rivals is on the cards in their bid for European supremacy.

"It's early to predict who will win the Champions League, but naturally I think Barcelona and, also, Inter will be very competitive," Ramos is quoted as saying by La Repubblica.

Speaking of Jose Mourinho's new-look side, Ramos added: "We are a fairly new team and we have to get to know each other better."

Madrid are currently in China as part of their friendly tour of Asia, and will play Guangzhou on Wednesday.