Striker Karim Benzema says Real Madrid are the favourites to retain their Champions League title. Madrid have dominated the competition in recent seasons, winning four out the last five Champions Leagues.
This season under Julen Lopetegui they are expected to challenge for the big European trophy once again despite the fact they have sold Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real face a tough opening game on Wednesday evening against AS Roma, who were semi-finalists last season.
However, the Frenchman says his side should still be regarded as favourites despite other strong rivals.
“This competition is another level. All the matches are important, there is no easy one. One thing I like: Real Madrid is the best club in the world and every year there is pressure to succeed,” Benzema told One Football.
“We know there are a lot of strong rivals but if I have to say a favourite, it’s always going to be Real Madrid. We have to sacrifice a lot to always be victorious.”