New Champions League Campaign Kicks Off This Week With 16 Games

Alisson Becker of Liverpool FC in June, Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/Shutterstock (10266707n)

The wait is over! It’s that time of the year in European soccer, as the new Champions League 2019-2020 season is about to begin this Wednesday and Thursday with the first fixture containing 16 games.

The new campaign kicks off with a mega-derby as French champions PSG will host the 13-time UCL champions Real Madrid on Parc De Princess in Saint-Denis, Paris. Defending champions Liverpool will once again face Napoli like previous season, but the Serie A team will compete with an improved roster compared to the previous year. 

Barcelona will face Dortmund in Germany in the derby match of the F group and Lionel Messi is cleared to start for the first time this year after his injury before the season started. Inter will meet against Czech champions Slavia Praha and Lyon will be taking on Zenit. Chelsea will host Valencia in London, Salzburg goes head to head against RSC Genk and Benfica hosts the other Red Bull sponsored team, Leipzig. 

Last year’s semi-finalists Ajax are going against Ligue 1 Runners-up LOSC Lille on the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. 

The following day, besides the PSG-Real Madrid derby, there is one more derby, as Atl.Madrid will host Juventus. 

Manchester City, who are playing against Shakhtar, is considered to be the main candidates for the throne.