Fabio Capello labels Real Madrid the strongest team left in the Champions League

Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are to contest the Champions League semi-finals.

Ex-England manager Fabio Capello feels his former employers Real Madrid are the side best equipped to win the Champions League this season, Spanish publication AS report.

After a tricky two-legged tie with cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid at the quarter-final stage, Los Blancos moved a step closer to becoming the first team to ever retain the Champions League trophy in its current format.

After being eliminated from the Copa Del Rey and trailing rivals Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title, Carlo Ancelotti’s side arguably need to win the Champions League in order to save their season.

However, their task of lifting Europe’s biggest prize won’t be easy as they make up arguably the toughest final four the competition has witnessed in a number of years.

Lionel Messi and co. are back to their best at the Nou Camp, Bayern Munich are an obvious threat and Serie A champions and upcoming semi-final opponents Juventus should not be underestimated.

According to Capello, however, Madrid currently boast the best equipped squad of the lot and he has laughed off suggestions that the La Liga giants are the weakest of the semi-final hopefuls.

“[The weakest?] No way! And for my past, I’ve got a certain weakness for Real Madrid. We are talking about a great side – on a level with Bayern and Barça. Out of the three, Ancelotti’s team look the strongest and most complete in defence,” he told reporters.

Are Real Madrid the most likely to win the tournament?

While the competition is strong, Real Madrid have arguably been paired with the weaker of the possible last four opponents and have the advantage of playing the second-leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

If they gain any sort of positive result in Turin, they can play on the counterattack at home, and that is when they are at their most dangerous – especially against a typically slower, technical opponent such as Juventus.

It would be a big surprise if the Spaniards didn’t prevail and set up a mouth-watering final in Berlin – a game where they will fancy themselves even if facing German opposition.

Ancelotti’s men have the experience from last season, and losing La Liga to Barcelona could provide an extra incentive and hunger to go on and reclaim their crown.

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