Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

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.

Group A

PSG
Arsenal
Basel
Ludogorets

Key Fixtures

PSG vs Arsenal – September 13

Arsenal vs PSG – November 23

Group B

Benfica
Napoli
Dynamo Kyiv
Besiktas

Key Fixtures

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

Group C

Barcelona
Manchester City
Borussia Monchengladbach
Celtic

Key Fixtures

Barcelona vs Man. City – October 19

Man. City vs Barcelona – November 1

Group D

Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
PSV
Rostov

Key Fixtures

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

Group E

CSKA Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham
Monaco

Key Fixtures

Tottenham vs Monaco – September 14

Bayern Leverkusen vs Tottenham – October 18

Tottenham vs Bayern Leverkusen – November 2

Monaco vs Tottenham – November 22

Group F

Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Sporting CP
Legia

Key Fixtures

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid – September 27

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund – December 7

Group G

Leicester City
Porto
Club Brugge
Copenhagen

Key Fixtures

Leicester City vs FC Porto – September 27

FC Porto vs Leicester City – December 7

Group H

Juventus
Sevilla
Lyon
Dinamo Zagreb

Key Fixtures

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

predictions

Round of 16 favourites

PSG
Arsenal
Benfica
Napoli
Barcelona
Manchester City
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
Bayern Leverkusen
Tottenham
Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Leicester City
Porto
Juventus
Lyon

Quarter-finals favourites

Real Madrid
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
Juventus
PSG
Bayern Leverkusen
Manchester City

Semifinals favourites

Real Madrid
Barcelona
Juventus
Manchester City

Finals favourites

Real Madrid
Barcelona

You’ve got any predictions? Drop them in the comment box

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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