High hopes for Bayern pair
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Take one French superstar, add Germany's most prolific striker, and the result is the best attacking partnership in this season's UEFA Champions League - at least according to the users of FIFA.com. Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose, losing finalists the 2009/10 edition with Bayern Munich, topped the poll with more than half of the votes.

55.02 per cent believe that the Bayern stars will be a hit in Europe's premier club competition this year, and this in spite of relatively modest campaigns last term. Klose netted just one goal en route to the final in Madrid, while Ribery's contribution was limited to two assists and a solitary strike.

It could be that Klose is still profiting from his successful 2010 FIFA World Cup™ showing in South Africa, where the 32-year-old took his goal tally at the finals of the tournament to 14, just one behind the tournament's all-time leading scorer, Brazil's Ronaldo.

Inter Milan's strike pairing were some way behind in second. Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito received just under a quarter (24.42 per cent) of the vote despite the latter scoring the goals which put Bayern to the sword in the final. Still, even without inspirational coach Jose Mourinho at the helm, FIFA.com users are still expecting another positive showing from the Cameroonian/Argentinian double act.

Our users were far more sceptical about the prospects of Inter's city rivals AC Milan and their brand new frontline of Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who finished fifth in the vote with just 1.32 per cent.

Voters also felt that 2009 FIFA World Player Lionel Messi will need time to settle alongside new Barcelona strike partner David Villa, himself a FIFA World Cup winner with Spain. However, with fellow world champions Andres Iniesta and Xavi providing plenty of ammunition from midfield, the adjustment process is unlikely to be a long one.

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain came in sixth place with 1.3 per cent of the vote. It remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho, who took over Los Blancos during the close season, can incorporate the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira into a side capable of challenging for their first European title since 2002.

Curiously, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka of reigning Premier League champions Chelsea received less than one per cent of the vote between them. The two have netted six goals in four games so far this season and look to be in fine form as the Blues embark on the defence of their title. Indeed, Chelsea are the only defending champions across Europe currently top of their domestic standings.

If Drogba and Anelka can reproduce their goalscoring displays on the European stage, Carlo Ancelotti's charges could well be challenging for the first Champions League trophy in the club's history, not to mention surprising the FIFA.com users.