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Andrea Pirlo believes “4 or 5” teams can win the Champions League

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Italian great Andrea Pirlo expects this season’s Champions League to be hotly-contested between no less than “four or five teams”

The two-time Champions League winner did not include Real Madrid in his shortlist, despite having won the competition for the last three seasons.

Instead, Pirlo ranks former club Juventus among the main competitors along with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City.

Last season’s runners-up Liverpool are also looking good, while Pirlo ranks Bayern Munich highly – despite their recent dip in form.

“[There are] four or five teams [in the running for the Champions League], including Juventus,” Pirlo told Sky Italia, via the Express.

“Then there are Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich. The teams are more or less those.

“Meanwhile in Serie A, Juventus have shown and are proving to be a step or two steps above the others.”

The Champions League will resume next week on November 6.