The Rich League is back, Real kick off against Celtic on…

The 68th edition of Europe’s most prestigious club tournament, the Champions League, begins on Tuesday with eight matches from the group stage of the competition. Real Madrid, who beat Liverpool 1-0 in Paris in the tournament final in the spring, begin their title defense by visiting Scottish champions Celtic in a Group F match that also includes RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The group stage of the tournament will this time be held in a more condensed cycle because of the World Cup in Qatar, which starts on November 20. The six rounds will be played from September 6/7 to November 1/2, with three matches in two consecutive weeks. The draw for the round of 16 will take place on 7 November, with the spring fixtures resuming on 14/15 February. The Champions League final is scheduled for June 10 at Atatayurk Stadium in Istanbul.

The Manchester City team (coefficient 3.50), which continues to pursue its first European title under the leadership of Pep Guardiola, is the favorite in the competition. This time, the “citizens” will be strengthened by the outstanding striker Erling Holland, who is expected to be the top scorer of the tournament (4.00). The bookmakers place PSG (6.00) in second place in terms of odds for the trophy, followed by Liverpool (6.50), Bayern Munich (7.50), Real Madrid (10.00) and Barcelona (15.00). For the top scorers after Holland, bookies place Karim Benzema (8.00), Kylian Mbappe (8.00), Robert Lewandowski (10.00), Lionel Messi (11.00) and Neymar (13.00).

The very first day of the tournament will offer intriguing clashes, the most interesting being the one between French champions PSG and Italian giants Juventus. The Parisians host their rival in a Group H match, while Benfica host Maccabi Haifa in the other match. In Group G, Manchester City visit Sevilla, and earlier this year Holland scored a total of four goals against those opponents in Borussia Dortmund’s last 16 victory. In the other match of the group, Dortmund welcomes Copenhagen. In Group E, Dinamo Zagreb hosts Chelsea and AC Milan visits RB Salzburg.

There are more interesting games to come in the coming weeks, with Robert Lewandowski returning to Bayern Munich with his new team Barcelona, ​​while Holland faces his former club Borussia Dortmund. In the third round of fixtures, Liverpool and Rangers will meet for the first time in their history in UEFA competitions, while PSG star Lionel Messi will try to catch up to his 15-goal deficit with the Champions League’s No. 1 goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo (141 goals), who will play in the Europa League with Manchester United. Lewandowski and Karim Benzema share the third position in the ranking with 86 goals.


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