Champions League, the star games of the first day

The group stage of the UEFA Champions League is back with sixteen games. Presentation of our six games not to be missed.

🎲 Predictions

Tuesday, September 6th

Paris – Juventus (21 hours)

Goodbye for the beginnings. Ángel Di María spent seven seasons in Paris before flying to Turin this summer where he was joined by Leandro Paredes. The two Argentines will – already – be back in the park to take on the new Paris Saint-Germain, who appear to have regained attacking prowess under the stewardship of new coach Christophe Galtier.

Di María, his Champions League goals with Paris

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Kylian Mbappé scored his 50th goal last seasone goal in the Champions League in the group stage and also became the eleventh player to reach the milestone of 20 away goals in that event. By doing that in just 23 games, he’s the fastest in history.

Celtic – Real Madrid (21:00)

There is no better way to celebrate the return to competition after a five-year absence than to welcome holders and winners of five of the last nine Champions Leagues: Real Madrid. Buoyed by the optimism sparked by a record away win in the league (9-0 against Dundee United), the Bhoys go into the game confident: “We can beat them,” said Kyogo Furuhashi, author of one of the night’s hat-tricks . Confidence was boosted by the weekend’s 4-0 derby win over Rangers.

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Real Madrid have never been eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League.

All goals from Real 2021/22

Seville – man. City (21 hours)

Erling Haaland has scored 27 goals in just 25 UEFA European competition appearances for Molde, Salzburg and Dortmund and it looks like his goalscoring abilities have not been diminished by his move to England. Sevilla are still a difficult team to maneuver in Europe but their new defensive line will be put to the test against Haaland and his teammates.

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Josep Guardiola reached a record-breaking ninth UEFA Champions League semi-final last season, beating José Mourinho in the process.

Erling Haaland all his Champions League goals

But also…

Dinamo Zagreb-Chelsea (18:45)Dortmund – Copenhagen (18:45)Salzburg – AC Milan (21:00)Leipzig – Shakhtar (21:00)Benfica – Maccabi Haifa (21:00)

Have you assembled your fantasy team?

Wednesday, September 7th

Tottenham – Marseille (21 hours)

The 2019 Champions League final seems like a distant memory for Spurs for the past three seasons, with last year’s UEFA Europa Conference League group stage elimination being a rather painful memory. Still, there are signs of improvement under Antonio Conte and British media agree the club have been quietly building a full squad. The impressive start to the 2022/23 season confirms this opinion, but Marseille, unbeaten since the start of the season, will be a test.

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Marseille have not progressed past the group stage since 2011/12 and have lost 11 of their 12 games at that stage since then.

Barcelona – Pilsen (21:00)

Lewandowski, great goals with Bayern

“We’re up against our dream opponents,” said Pilsen midfielder Jan Sýkora. Can the Barcelona attack, led by its headliner Robert Lewandowski, turn that dream into a nightmare? The Polish striker has already made his mark in Spain by finding the goal and what is seen as a ‘blessing’ for Xavi Hernández could turn into a curse for opposing defenders. Lewandowski turned 34 in August but has not let up, with 41 goals in his last 34 Champions League games.

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Last season, Barca were eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 2000/01.

Inter-Bayern (21:00)

The duel between Bayern and Inter 2011

Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona may have been a bitter loss for Bayern, but having already scored five, six and seven goals in his opening games of the season, the German giants seem to have come to terms with it. With Barcelona in the squad, Julian Nagelsmann wants to start well in Italy. “It’s a very demanding and challenging group,” said the Bayern coach. “We have to be ready from the start.” Unbeaten in nine home games, Inter will also be ready.

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Bayern were the top attackers in last season’s group stage with 22 goals.

But also…

Naples – Liverpool (21:00)Ajax Rangers (6:45 p.m.)Frankfurt – Sporting CP (6:45 p.m.)Atlético de Madrid – Porto (21:00)Club Brugge – Leverkusen (21:00)

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