England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson cannot see any of Europe's 'new money' teams m
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson cannot see any of Europe's 'new money' teams making a great impact on this season's UEFA Champions League...
Premiership big-spenders Chelsea, with nigh on £100million spent on players since Roman Abramovich became their new owner, now find themselves featuring on many people's list of favourites for the prestigious prize.
For Eriksson though, the teams who will make the main moves this year will be the same as those who did well in last season's competition - established sides such as Real Madrid, Manchester United and Milan.
And for Eriksson, England captain David Beckham's Real Madrid are the team to beat as they search for a remarkable 10th title.
"I see a battle between Italian, Spanish and English teams, I see Milan, Juventus and Inter, as well as Manchester United, as contenders. But for me the favourites are Real Madrid," said Eriksson.
"It's hard to see them exiting the Champions League before the semi-final stages.
"They [Madrid] have the mentality and the strength to tackle the European games at their peak."
Eriksson is also confident Beckham will shine in his first season with the Spanish giants, despite the added pressures which come with playing in a new country following his transfer from Manchester United this summer.
"Beckham is very intelligent, he knows how to deal with the super pressures," Eriksson told Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport.