Bayern Munich, which lost last year's Champions League final on penalty kicks to Chelsea after the Germans dominated play, looks even stronger this season, writes Steffen Potter.
Bayern appears to have made shrewd summer acquisitions. It lured Dante Bonfim from Borussia M'Gladbach to strengthen the central defense. Leading scorer Mario Gomez now has experienced deputies following the signings of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro.
Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri has made quite an impact in his first few weeks at Bayern. Spain midfielder Javi Martinez is the most expensive transfer in Bundesliga history.
Bayern should cruise through a group containing FC BATE Borisov, LOSC Lille and Valencia (which Bayern faces on Wednesday).