This week will see the return of the UEFA Champions League. This time it’s all about games in the group stages, getting maximum points and trying to finish either first or second in the group.
Usually the goal for most clubs during the Champions League group stage is to finish top of their group, to enjoy a “much easier draw” for the second round.
But the case is a very different one this season. With the way the teams were paired in the 2017/2018 Champions League group stage draws, the second round might feature heavyweight clashes we’d usually see in the semi-finals of the competition.
For instance, the group stage saw PSG and Bayern Munich get paired in the same group. Another group features Juventus and Barcelona, while yet another sees Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the same group.
These means we could see a PSG vs. Real Madrid game in the second round. Bayern Munich and Barcelona may also face each other as early as the second round – although we’re not insinuating that these are the teams that will top their groups.
All these are speculations, events that can only happen after the games in the group stage have been played. So, who is playing who in the first game of the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League season?
On Tuesday, 12 th of September
Chelsea vs. Qarabag FK
Roma vs. Atlético Madrid
Olympiacos vs. Sporting
Man United vs. FC Basel
Benfica vs. CSKA Moscow
Barcelona vs. Juventus
Bayern vs. Anderlecht
Celtic vs. PSG
On Wednesday, 13 th of September,
Liverpool vs. Sevilla
Maribor vs. Spartak Moskva
Porto vs. Beşiktaş
RB Leipzig vs. Monaco
Real Madrid vs. Apoel Nicosia
Tottenham vs. Borussia Dortmund
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Napoli
Feyenoord vs. Man. City
Key games to watch out for:
Celtic vs. PSG: Most of the big teams who have played at the Celtic Park know what it feels like to play the Scottish side and their 12thman, the vociferous fans. Celtic will be looking to use this to their advantage when they play the French billionaires.
The Brendan Rodgers led side will also want to start raking every available point they can get. But they will have to deal with a team that boasts the world’s most expensive player in Neymar and the world’s most expensive teenager, Kylian Mbappe.
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