Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ancelotti: Return of English giants makes UCL tougher

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti expects the Champions League to be more competitive this season with the return of English giants Manchester United and Chelsea.

A year ago saw Spurs crash out in the group phase, Arsenal and City eliminated at the first knockout round and Leicester City reach the quarter-finals but Ancelotti expects a stronger showing for the England contingent next term.

Chelsea have always been linked with Portugal worldwide Sanches, who Bayern want to keep hold of despite affording the 19-year-old only limited playing time last term, but German newspaper Sports Bild say Liverpool will pursue him if Coutinho does leave this summer.

Liverpool scored 78 goals in the Premier League last season.

Should that happen, the Merseyside outfit will then be one of five English representatives in the group stages along with both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Out of all of the top six, Liverpool probably had the weakest squad, and it was testament to the ability of Jurgen Klopp that they not only made the top four, but were also making a little bit of a title run during the first half of the season.

I think, and I hope, for Jurgen [Klopp, Liverpool manager] to win qualification.

After Wednesday night's Champions League third qualifying round clashes, Celtic and Liverpool now know who they could come up against following Friday's play-off draw.

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