Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Domestic finish: Champions
Last year’s Champions League: Runners-up
Europe’s fairytale team last season, Atletico Madrid made their first final of football’s premier club tournament for the first time since 1974, where they lost to Bayern Munich 4-0 in a replay. It will be tough for the Spanish side to repeat what was a very strong season last year, especially as the European powerhouses have all strengthened. The loss of a player like Diego Costa will hurt Atletico badly, especially if they meet Chelsea beyond the group stage.