The UEFA Champions League has reached its real part, which includes all the strongest teams from Europe – the group stage. 32 teams, divided into 8 groups, once again enter a fight that promises many spectacular matches. Spectators will witness the derbies thanks to MAX Sport.
This will be the 30th anniversary season since the tournament of champions changed its format and now bears the name Champions League. This year, the group stage of the tournament begins on September 6, and traditionally Tuesday evening is reserved for MAX Sport matches. On the first day of this stage of the tournament, fans will be able to watch live as many as 6 matches.
The start will be given at 7:45 p.m. MAX Sport 3 will broadcast the match between Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea. The Croats went through the preliminary rounds, where they eliminated the Bulgarian champion Ludogorets. They also dealt with Macedonian Skupi and Norwegian Budjo/Glimt. Chelsea, on the other hand, enters the race with the confidence of a champion from 2021 and again as one of the main contenders for winning it. The two teams are in group E, where their rivals are also Milan and Salzburg.
In the other early match Borussia Dortmund will be hosted by Copenhagen. Expectations are high for the German team after the collapse of last season, when the “yellow and black” were eliminated in the groups, although they were previously considered undisputed favorites. However, now the task seems even more difficult, as Manchester City and Sevilla are also rivals in the group. The match between Borussia and Copenhagen is also from 7:45 p.m., but on MAX Sport 4. From 10:00 p.m., there are also the other matches for the evening, and MAX Sport will broadcast 4 more matches.
The jewel of the first round of the group stage is shaping up to be the encounter Paris Saint-Germain – Juventus. The French team traditionally sets out with great ambitions and the goal of winning the Champions League. In recent seasons, this goal has eluded us, and now its achievement is going up against a difficult opponent in the person of the “Old Lady”. The two teams are in Group H, which also includes Benfica and Maccabi Haifa. The match between PSG and Juventus starts at 22:00 and will be broadcast live on MAX Sport 3.
The current tournament winner Real Madrid begins the defense of his trophy in Glasgow, where he will face the Scottish champions Celtic. This match will be broadcast live on MAX Sport 4. After four seasons of failures in the preliminary rounds, the “Clovers” are again in the groups, but this time they start directly from this stage of the tournament. The 14-time trophy winner Real Madrid is going for a new record, but this season the task will certainly be extremely difficult again, as the competition is apparently getting stronger.
And among the main competitors and contenders, this season it will be again Manchester City. After a final and a semi-final in the last two seasons, Pep Guardiola and his graduates now have only one thing in mind, and that is to win the most prestigious trophy in club football. Before the start of the season, the Citizens apparently took a step in that direction, strengthening with Erling Haaland and the Norwegian goal machine began to score in game after game in the Premier League. Will he be able to do it in the Champions League? Viewers will be able to find out on Tuesday night from 22:00 on MAX Sport 2 in Manchester City’s away game to Seville.
The final match to be broadcast live on the first big night of the Champions League groups this season is Salzburg – Milan. The Rossoneri head out with high hopes after last season they managed to delight their fans with a first Italian title after an 11-year drought. In a group with Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb, the Italian side are among the favorites to skip the group, but Salzburg are a traditionally tricky opponent and should not be underestimated. The Salzburg-Milan match will be broadcast live on MAX Sport 1.
On Thursday – September 8, the group phase of the second most powerful continental club tournament – the Europa League – begins, which will also be part of the MAX Sport program. There will also be Bulgarian participation in the groups this season. Ludogorets, after being eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League, participated in the playoffs of the Europa League, where they eliminated the Lithuanian side Zalgiris. Thus, the people of Razgrad reached the groups, where they will have Roma, Betis and HYAK Helsinki as rivals. The first match will be against the favorite in the group Roma. The clash is in Razgrad on Thursday at 19:45 on MAX Sport 3.
The other match of the group between HACK Helsinki and Betis is from the same time and will be broadcast on MAX Sport 4. Two more Europa League matches will be broadcast from 22:00: Lazio – Feyenoord on MAX Sport 3 and Red star – Monaco on MAX Sport 4.