Bayern, dominated by European champions, will draw attention as the first round of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage fixtures draws to a close.
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Group A : Salzburg – Lokomotiv Moscow (18: 55CET)
Group A : Bayern – Atlético (21:00CET)
Group B : Real Madrid – Shakhtar (18:55CET)
Group B : Inter Milan – Mönchengladbach (21:00CET)
Group C : Olympiacos – Marseille (21.00CET)
Group C : Man. City vs Porto (21:00CET)
Group D : Ajax – Liverpool (21:00CET)
Group D : Midtjylland – Atalanta (21:00CET)
Lewandowski vs Suárez: Who will shine more?
Scoring 15 goals – 11 games, 11 wins – throughout Bayern's stunning campaign, Robert Lewandowski was last season's UEFA Champions League star and a clear winner in the UEFA Male Player of the Year voting. He will try to maintain that striking form in this season's group stage, but an opening against brutal Atlético means he can be staged by Los Colchoneros newcomer Luis Suárez.
As always the first time for Sergio Ramos
1. Matchday could have felt like Groundhog Day for Sergio Ramos; Real Madrid's match against Shakhtar marks the start of the defender's 17th consecutive UEFA Champions League challenge. However, no one can sum up the spirit of the competition like a 34-year-old. As he said: “You have to reset every year and start from scratch; to live every victory, win every trophy as if it were something completely new.” Keep it up.
Ajax vs Liverpool: battle of giants
Perhaps the most striking aspect of this matchday 1 fixture is that it is only the third European match between Ajax and Liverpool. Their first two fights came in the second round of the 1966/67 European Cup; Johan Cruyff scored three points in two runs as they drew 2-2 at Anfield after winning 5-1 at Ajax Amsterdam. Could Mohamed Salah be the star this time, scoring in four of his side's last seven European away games?
An Olympic challenge for Valbuena
“Marseille and I are tied for life,” Mathieu Valbuena tweeted after his current club Olympiacos pulled OM in the group stage. Marseille retired the No28 jersey following Valbuena's departure to Dynamo Moskva in 2015, so fans were not overjoyed when the midfielder returned to France two years later to join Marseille's rivals Lyon. Expect this relationship to remain complex as the 36-year-old ranks rise on Wednesday.
Oppressed aim to prove themselves as great Danes
On the day of the first match, 4 teams make their first group stage: Başakşehir, Krasnodar and Rennes start on Tuesday, Midtjylland will face Atalanta in the opening on Wednesday. The Danish champions had the longest journey; They went through two qualifying rounds before beating Slavia Praha in the playoffs, coach Brian Priske: “Getting to the group stage is the final point.” Naturally, we agree. Enjoy it!
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