Former Bayern star reveals the favourites to win the Champions League this season. Where does this leave Chelsea?

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Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Liverpool are the favourites to win the Champions League this season.

The Reds are the defending champions, and Hargreaves believes they can go on to win it again.

Hargreaves believes that Liverpool are ahead of Barcelona and Manchester City in the race for this season’s Champions League crown.

“I think before everybody wanted to avoid Barcelona and Real Madrid, I think now everybody wants to avoid Liverpool,” Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport.

“This team has virtually every style of play necessary and for me they’re the heavy favourites in this competition.

“I think maybe Barca and Manchester City are just in behind.”

Chelsea are underdogs for this year’s trophy as the Blues are no longer a force in Europe as they once were.

Despite a difficult draw for Chelsea against Bayern Munich in the second round of the Champions League, Hargreaves believes that the Blues can still nick a famous victory against the Bavarians.

“I think they can do it, I think they can beat Bayern, but they have to be close to perfect,” Hargreaves tells BT Sport.

“I saw his (Lampard’s) midfield three go to the Etihad and they controlled the game. They had Jorginho in there, they had [N’Golo] Kante and [Mateo] Kovacic, that’s really good.

“If Tammy [Abraham]’s scoring goals, and defensively they sort themselves out, then I think they can.

“I can see [Fikayo] Tomori doing a really good job against Lewandowski, he’s a super athlete, he’s super quick, but they’ve got to be almost close to perfect. If they’re not, then they’ll get punished.

“Bayern have destroyed some teams this season in the Champions League, and Frank obviously needs a good game plan for those specific two games.”

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