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Europe’s elite are ready to entertain!

Europe’s elite are ready to entertain

Don’t miss this season’s UEFA Champions League, exclusively live on BT Sport

The stars! The action! The theme tune! Don’t go anywhere, because the continent’s top club competition is about to kick off

From Tuesday 17 September, BT Sport

The battle for European footballing supremacy starts here. From the gripping group stage to the final next May, you can watch every single skilful second of every match from this season’s UEFA Champions League live and exclusive on BT Sport. Are you ready?

 

This year’s tournament is all about questions. Questions like… Can reigning champions Liverpool do it again? Is this the season Manchester City finally come good? Will Spurs enjoy another surprising run? Could Chelsea be a major force once more? And where are Manchester United and Arsenal? Oh, right. (Don’t worry, you can also watch every UEFA Europa League match on BT Sport this season, too.)

 

If an English club are going to put their name on the trophy, however, they’re going to have to see off some of the continent’s biggest names, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. No one said becoming Europe’s top dog was easy.

 

Before the new UEFA Champions League campaign gets under way, we’ve assessed the chances of the English clubs taking part. And below that you can find out when you can watch the pick of the fixtures from matchday one…

Liverpool

Liverpool player Mo Salah


Group E opponents:
Napoli, RB Salzburg, Genk

 

We’re sticking our necks on the line and saying the defending champs are probably going through to the round of 16. Yes, the Reds lost to Napoli in last season’s group stage, but this is Liverpool we’re talking about. With an unbeaten European home record that’s now at 22 matches, Jürgen Klopp’s juggernaut of a team will easily see off the Serie A runners-up, as well as Austria’s Salzburg and Belgium’s Genk.

 

Manchester City

Manchester City player Sergio Agüero


Group C opponents:
Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta

 

What is it with Manchester City drawing Shakhtar? This is the third season in a row the Blues have been pitted against the Ukrainians. Still, Pep Guardiola will have had a smirk on his face when the draw was made. A relatively straightforward group – including UEFA Champions League debutants Atalanta – means City don’t have to shift their focus too much from defending their Premier League crown. For now.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur player Christian Eriksen


Group B opponents:
Bayern Munich, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade

 

Hm. Drawing German titans Bayern Munich is never a good thing. And Greece’s Olympiacos, who have won their domestic league 44 times, know a thing or two about European competition. Throw in Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade (winners of the European Cup in 1991) and last season’s runners-up Tottenham might just have a battle on their hands. Spurs have always been about the drama though, haven’t they?

 

Chelsea

Chelsea player N’Golo Kanté


Group H opponents:
Ajax, Valencia, Lille

 

One of three Groups of Death in this season’s competition, this pool will give Chelsea a real test on their return to the UEFA Champions League. Ajax got everyone purring last term with their silky football, while Valencia and Lille qualified directly for the group stage with excellent showings in two of the toughest domestic leagues. Group H is very much up for grabs – so are Chelsea’s young guns up to the challenge?

 

Selected UEFA Champions League matchday one fixtures live on BT Sport

 

Liverpool v Napoli
Tuesday 17 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

Chelsea v Valencia
Tuesday 17 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona
Tuesday 17 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

Olympiacos v Tottenham Hotspur
Wednesday 18 September, kick-off 5.55pm, BT Sport

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid
Wednesday 18 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

Atlético Madrid v Juventus
Wednesday 18 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City
Wednesday 18 September, kick-off 8pm, BT Sport

 

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