The draws for this season’s Champions League will see some football heavyweights battle it out against one another in the group stages. This will surely set the tone for a more exciting round of 16 and elimination stages, where the main action starts as the men would have been separated from the boys by then.
Real Madrid will hope to be able to launch a defence for their title while the usual suspects, Barcelona, Bayern et al will bring all their firepower to add more of their trophy to their cabinets.
All eyes will be on first timers, Leicester City, and given their easy group, advancing to the next round shouldn’t be that hard.
2-time winner, Ancelloti also has plans to add to his tally, and same can be said of the Guardiolas, Enriques and Zidanes.
Since dropping down the UEFA coefficient rankings, the EPL teams have to prove why their league is widely regarded as the best this season on the continental stage. And with Tottenham making a return, just maybe we can get an English side in the finals after a little absence.
With the first round of games starting on September 13/14, here are how the 8 groups are lined up as the search for continental glory sets off for all 32 teams across Europe.
PSG vs Arsenal – September 13
Arsenal vs PSG – November 23
Benfica vs Besiktas – September 13
Napoli vs Benfica – September 29
Napoli vs Besiktas – October 19
Besiktas vs Napoli – November 1
Benfica vs Napoli – December 6
Besiktas vs Benfica – November 23
Barcelona vs Man. City – October 19
Man. City vs Barcelona – November 1
PSV vs Atletico Madrid – September 13
Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich – September 28
Bayern Munich vs PSV – October 19
PSV vs Bayern Munich – November 1
Atletico Madrid vs PSV – November 23
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid – December 6
Tottenham vs Monaco – September 14
Bayern Leverkusen vs Tottenham – October 18
Tottenham vs Bayern Leverkusen – November 2
Monaco vs Tottenham – November 22
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid – September 27
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund – December 7
Leicester City vs FC Porto – September 27
FC Porto vs Leicester City – December 7
Juventus vs Sevilla – September 14
Sevilla vs Lyon – September 29
Lyon vs Juventus – October 18
Juventus vs Lyon – November 2
Sevilla vs Juventus – November 22
Lyon vs Sevilla – December 7
Round of 16: first leg – February 14-15/21-22
Round of 16: second leg – March 7-8/14-15
Quarter-finals: first leg – April 11-12
Quarter-finals: second leg – April 18-19
Semi-finals: first leg – May 2-3
Semi-finals: second leg – May 9-10
Final (Cardiff) – June 3
Round of 16 favourites
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