The most prestigious club football competition, the UEFA Champions League is back, and the highlight of all is the Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi battle. Here My11 takes a look at the key fixtures in each group.
Group A: The big game in this group will be the clash between Bayern Munich, who have won the title 6 times, and Atlético Madrid, who are 3-time finalists. The other teams in the group are Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Group B: The clash between the most successful team in the competition’s history Real Madrid, with 13 titles, and Inter Milan will be the highlight of the group. Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Mönchengladbach are the other teams in the group.
Group C: In this group, only Porto and Marseille have won the title, but the clash between the Portuguese side and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side will be the peak of the bunch. The other team in the group is Olympiacos.
Group D: 2019 champions Liverpool and 4-time champions Ajax are the highlight in this group, but last season’s surprise semi-finalist Atalanta can spring up another surprise. The other team in the group is Midtjylland.
Group E: This group will see a clash between the Europa League winner of last season, Sevilla and Premier League side Chelsea, as the Blues will love to turn up against another Spanish side. They are paired with Krasnodar and French side Rennes.
Group F: Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund are the only former champion in this group. Their clash with high scoring Lazio and Zenit Saint Petersburg will be interesting. Naija stars David Okereke and Emmanuel Bonaventure will feature for Club Brugge.
Group G: In this group, the only fixture that will attract most football lovers is the clash between Juventus and Barcelona, not because of the two clubs, but because of arguably the greatest players of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The other teams in the group are Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencváros.
Group H: The last group is the toughest of all and it is difficult to choose a favourite between three of the four clubs in the group. Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and RB Leipzig are the top 3 teams in this group, while İstanbul Başakşehir is the 4th club in the group.
Which clubs do you think will qualify from each group?
The Champions League starts tomorrow October 20th, and you can catch all the actions on DSTV by 6:55 pm and 8 pm Naija time.