This Real Madrid team will define an era – Capello

The former Bernabeu boss believes the current world and European champions will be seen as one of the best sides ever and expects them to retain their Champions League crown

Real Madrid will “define an era” and are the favourites to win the Champions League this season, according to their ex-coach Fabio Capello.

The Spanish giants won the Champions League, Copa del Rey, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2014 and sit top of La Liga at the winter break.

Capello believes his former team will continue to improve in 2015 and heaped praise upon coach Carlo Ancelotti, who he feels has built a team with few weaknesses.

“They are going to define an era,” the current Russia boss told Marca at the Globe Soccer Conference in Dubai.

“They have a great defence, a midfield that can play football as well as put in the miles and a frontline that scores goals for fun.

“Carlo has done a great job. There is no better strategy than instilling calm and not talking about others. The players come first.

“This team and Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona are not comparable. Barcelona had six or seven home-grown players while Real have built a great team thanks to Florentino Perez and signing well. It is a different style.”

When asked to pick a favourite to win the Champions League this season, Capello replied: “Real Madrid, followed by Chelsea and Bayern Munich.”