Real Madrid are Champions League favourites

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm believes that Real Madrid enter this season’s Champions League as favourites after winning the competition last year.

The Bundesliga champions were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the semi-final stage, despite having won the tournament the previous term.

The 30-year-old feels that the Spanish side will be the team to beat once more but is determined to add to his one winners’ medal in the European Cup before he calls it a day.

“The club have strengthened an already-excellent team with a lot of money,” he told Kicker.

“Real are certainly the team to beat. I want to win this trophy again. Whether with the squad we have this season or in the new three years, I want a shot at the title.”

Bayern begin their bid to win the Champions League for the sixth time in their history with a clash against English champions Manchester City on Wednesday.