Can Manchester United, Celtic, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City beat the German giants to Europe's biggest honour? Here's the blueprint they need to follow...
1) Taking one for the team.
Bayern Munich received 30 Yellow cards last season, an average of 2.31 per game. They also received 1 Red Card, no soft under-belly for the German giants.
2) Strength, Muscle, Physicality.
Bayern Munich players committed a total of 173 fouls in the competition an average of 13.1 per match.
Die Bayern drew on 22 different players throughout the tournament.
4) Distance travelled in Air Miles.
In Europe last season the Champions League victors travelled a total of 4,173 air miles, or for points collectors Avios - involving no long distance flights to Ukraine or Russia.
5) Retaining the ball and possession.
FC Bayern Munchen recorded an impressive 54 per cent share of the football on average during each Champions League game. A figure only likely to increase with Pep Guardiola at the helm.
6) Put the ball in the net, we will discuss the other options later!
Bayern Munich competed in a total of 13 games in the European competition, striking the back of the net 31 times.
7) Put in the physical effort on the pitch.
German players are renowned for athleticism, during last seasons Champions League campaign Bayern Munich players ran a total of 913 miles in their effort's to lift the prestigious trophy.
8) Have a vociferous and loyal support.
The Bavarians have an intimidating arena of a stadium, last season in the 6 home games 408,000 passionate and a loyally hostile home support backed Munich on route to Wembley.
9) Invest wisely in key areas of the team, and nurture youth.
The total cost of putting together the starting 11 for the team that started in the Champions League final.....£131m.
How much did Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cost again?
10) Be consistent and set the mark down
Bayern Munich have reached three of the last four Champions League finals, the current holders, not only securing the skill of the Catalans manager but savaging Barcelona in last years semi-final over two legs. A morale breaking 7-0 battering.
New manager Pep Guardiola engineered 14 cups in four seasons with the La Liga king-pins Barcelona, arguably Munich surely head-hunted Pep out of retirement to continue their merciless progression to success.
The German giants currently sit 3rd in the all time winners of the top European trophy, can they make it 6 wins this season?
It's difficult to look for a winner out of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus, Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund or Arsenal, but the holders look a force to be reckoned with.
Who do you believe will win the Champions League trophy this season as we kick-off the games in the next two days of this seasons tournament?
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