Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi and Neymar hope to be the stars of the opening night as the UEFA Champions League returns on Tuesday.
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Tuesday's fixtures (click for live production)
Group E : Rennes – Krasnodar (21:00CET)
Group E : Chelsea – Sevilla (21:00CET)
Group F : Zenit – Club Brugge (18:55CET)
Group F : Lazio – Dortmund (21:00CET)
Group G : Dynamo Kyiv – Juventus (18.55CET)
Group G : Barcelona – Ferencváros (21:00CET)
Group H : Paris – Man. United (21:00CET)
Group H : Leipzig – Basaksehir (21:00CET)
How will Andrea Pirlo stand up to his former boss?
In 1995, Mircea Lucescu gave midfielder Andrea Pirlo his Serie A debut at 16. Some 25 years later, when Lucescu coaches Juventus in the UEFA Champions League for the first time, Lucescu will be on the opposite side. The 75-year-old Dinamo Kyiv boss recalls young Pirlo: “Incredible, mature; mature as it is now. “Can the 41-year-old player leave behind his former mentor in Ukraine, even without star forward Cristiano Ronaldo?
See one of Europe's most popular properties make its debut
Like Pirlo, midfielder Eduardo Camavinga was 16 years old when he gave his best salute, and then the Rennes player made his youngest senior international debut in France since 1914, when he was featured in the UEFA Nations League on September 17. the first match in the group stage against Krasnodar; As former Rennes youth coach Landry Chauvin said: “It's that simplicity that brings the ball to life.”
Will Messi close the gap with Ferencváros?
With Ronaldo isolated, Lionel Messi has a chance to narrow the 15-goal gap between the two top-ranked megastars in the all-time UEFA Champions League standings. Ferencváros visits the Camp Nou, but Messi will not remember his only past encounter with a Hungarian side, which he had fondly. At the age of 18, he made his Argentina debut in a friendly match against the Magyars in August 2005. He was sent off within two minutes of his arrival.
Can Immobile show Dortmund its value?
Beating Robert Lewandowski to win the ESM Golden Boot with 36 league goals last season will bring a certain satisfaction for Lazio's Ciro Immobile. The striker replaced Lewandowski when he left Dortmund for Bayern in 2014, but underperformed in his only season in Germany: ten goals in 34 matches across all competitions. As Lazio welcome Dortmund, the 30-year-old has a chance to close.
Against Paris United: Mission of Revenge
On March 6 this year, Marcus Rashford took to an Instagram to celebrate one year of completing a stunning 16th comeback round from his sentence in Paris. The Reds Devils went ahead with a 3-1 success at the Parc des. knocked down a 2-0 home loss. Princes. “What a night,” Rashford wrote; Watching both legs from the sidelines, Neymar will look forward to helping the French champions return.