With at least five credible title contenders in the Premier League it is a tall order for anyone to succeed at home and overseas - even Pep Guardiola and his well-resourced Manchester City side ended up empty handed last season - and for a club such as Spurs, frustratingly close to a first table-topping finish in over half a century, it is easy to see how Europe can be a distraction.
PSG will be assured a red hot atmosphere to begin its European campaign at Celtic with the Scottish champion looking to spring an almighty upset.
Neymar's departure provoked a summer of institutional chaos at Barcelona with a public split between the club's beleaguered board and leading figures in the dressing room.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Edgar Davids believes Chelsea weren't the best team when they won the Champions League in 2012, and that's a spur for Juventus.
Spurs are looking to end their Wembley hoodoo against Borussia Dortmund in a clash that will go a long way to deciding who will be Real's closest challengers in Group H.
Bale left Tottenham for Madrid in 2013 and the Wales worldwide has won three Champions League crowns during his time in Spain.
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No other country has five representatives in the competition, not even Spain or Germany, and it is tempting to wonder whether the Premier League really deserves such prominence when actual results in Europe have been generally disappointing in the last few seasons.
Liverpool are past masters in Europe and it usually shows when Champions League football comes around.
This season's UEFA Champions League is set to be one of the most memorable, with all big teams arguably back amongst the elite, ready to compete for Europe's top prize.
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Chelsea will be expected to pick up maximum points in their games with Qarabeg, but they also have to face European heavyweights AS Roma and Atletico Madrid in the coming months. They beat Italian rivals Juventus last season 3-1 at Cardiff in the final.
Unlike Monaco, which has raked in over 300 million euros in transfer fees for Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, Leipzig has maintained its young core in Liverpool-bound Naby Keita, Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner.
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