Barcelona, Manchester City, Bayern Munich? Who is the best in Europe right now?

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The Champions League returns this month. This feature looks at the best teams in Europe this season going into the knockout stages of the competition. 

The top five comprises mostly of the leaders of the top five leagues in Europe, all of whom are in a good position to sweep the board and win every domestic trophy going.

The five English teams have made it into the latter stages of the Champions League shows the improvements made after a barren few years in which English sides couldn't hold a candle to the continental powerhouses. This is reflected in the inclusion of four English sides in this list. 

It will be fascinating to see who prospers in adding the ultimate adornment - the Champions League. A historic treble, or quadruple, could well be on the cards. 

Take a look below to see how we've rated the top teams. 

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