The long-awaited start of this year’s Champions League group stage is here!
In its final season as we know it, with its new format coming into force next year, the world’s premier inter-club football competition premieres tonight, with teams from groups 5-8 going into battle looking to start with the right this year’s journey to the stars!
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 18, 2023
The start will be on 19:45, when the first two matches of the evening will begin. For the “group of death” (6th), h Milan of the seven conquests of the trophy with the big ears will host the Newcastlewhich will return to the Champions League after a full 20 years, while at the same time the game of the Swiss champion will begin in Bern, Young Boyswith the Leipzigfor the 7th.
The… main course will be served on 22:00, with the cross of the remaining six games! For the 5th group h Lazio which returns to the Champions League after an absence of two seasons will host it Atletico MADRIDwhile Feyenoord and Celtic they will compete in the Netherlands and Rotterdam!
In one of the most anticipated games of the evening, the Paris Saint Germaina few days after its home defeat by Nice for the French championship, will welcome the Dortmunda few days after the home game, while for the 7th group, the holder of the trophy, Manchester Citywill be called upon to confirm the title of favorite against Red Star.
Finally, for the 8th group, h Antwerpwhich eliminated AEK in the playoffs, will have a very difficult task at home Barcelonawhile Shakhtar and Porto they will compete in Germany and at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion, where the Ukrainian champions will play all of their home games for this year’s competition, due to the war situation that continues to plague their country.
Detailed schedule of the 1st matchday:
Lazio-Atletico Madrid (22:00)
Paris Saint-Germain-Dortmund (22:00)
Young Boys-Leipzig (19:45)
Manchester City-Red Star (22:00)
Bayern Munich-Manchester United (22:00)
Real Madrid-Union Berlin (19:45)
Source: Sport Fm
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