At the same time, the Champions League and Europa League have started, so many will be fighting a war on two fronts.
The flagship European competition is a priority for most of the participants, whereas the Europa League appeals mostly to teams playing in less powerful domestic championships.
Spanish and English squads are the ones that dominate European football and this year is unlikely to be any different. Real Madrid and Barcelona are credited with the first chances to win the trophy and they both got off to a flying start in La Liga.
The draw was favorable and both of them are expected to prevail with relative ease and with their groups without breaking a sweat.
Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga so many times over the last couple of years, that they’ve lost interest and expected to win by default. It is very likely that they will prevail with no problems whatsoever and the level of competition internally is very low.
On the European front of the other hand, they need to make sure that they don’t squander opportunities, because they will be facing some tough competitors that are fully aware of their offensive prowess.
English teams are resurgent and have invested millions of Euros on the players, so they are expected to play a more important role the season. Manchester United and their city rivals are the ones that have the potential of making a deep run in the Champions League. They don’t have difficult groups and should be able to reach the knockout stage easily, but it is vital for them to start with a couple of victories.
Europa League used to be a consolation competition for the best football teams in Europe, but more money has been poured into this tournament. As a result, there are more clubs that pay attention to these matches and there are no longer using substitutes in those games. The obvious result is that the level of these matches has increased radically and surprises are not to be ruled out at this stage.
It is too early to make predictions, but with both Barcelona and Real Madrid favored by bookmakers, they will be playing at all Spanish final this year. In Europa League, the favorites are not yet clear, because as always it is the teams coming from the Champions League that are given the first chance.