The biggest stage in club football, UEFA Champions League, is about to kick off and fans from across the world are almost at the edge of their seats. The last month’s draw saw some new entrants in the competition, who are itching to give their all to the title. But only time will tell who will prevail. Every team in the competition will be competing on the first match-day, scheduled on September 13 and 14, 2016.
No matter which part of the world you reside in, the love for football has no boundaries. The absence of some big names like Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Roma, Marseille, and Liverpool will incur few dents in the viewership but will get viewers from other regions. These former champions occupy huge fan bases but let’s not forget the dream run; Leicester enjoyed last season giving their fans a chance to travel across Europe. Besiktas also had a surprising season winning the Turkish Crown and coming back to Champions League with a bang.
It’s the time of the year when football lovers enjoy nothing else but football. Its festive season around the world but in Europe, the biggest festival in football is about to begin. We are as excited as you are and can’t wait to hear the first whistle.
32 teams will be competing in the first week and there will 16 thrilling encounters. We have picked the top 5 matches that will enjoy the most time under the limelight.
Arsenal again has to go through a hurdle before making into the last 16. This will be the only tough tie that Arsene Wenger and his men will have to encounter; however, a loss at the start of their campaign can spread disbelief and de-motivation in the camp.
Lucas Perez, I'm expecting you to do this against PSG. pic.twitter.com/vFnyhbMcG7
— Arsenal Till I Die (@Bxllerined) August 29, 2016
Celtic stunned Barça on couple of occasions but MSN has transformed football into an art and a trip to Scottish capital will barely test their abilities. Well, you can expect Celtic to standout on any given day against any opponent, no matter how big the opponents are.
Lionel Messi is a doubt for Barcelona's opening Champions League clash against Celtic next week with a groin injury. #FCBarcelona
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) September 6, 2016
Tottenham is back in Champions League but are failing to replicate the form they displayed last season. Monaco, on the other side, are looking destructive, thrashing PSG in Ligue 1 tie last week. So, both sides are equally good and agile, holding the ability to produce wonders at occasions.
— Hotspur Coverage (@HotspurCoverage) September 8, 2016
Foxes have qualified for Champions League main round for the first time and are delighted to be potted in a relatively easier group. However, lack of experience may pose a threat but Ranieri’s men are capable of stunning any side in Europe. They will begin their Champions League adventure against Club Brugge, the on-and-off precipitants of the competition.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 8, 2016
Juventus lost Pogba but acquired the highly rated Higuain to boost their attack. Morata left Turin to join forces with Real Madrid but this will not hinder Juventus plans. Sevilla won Europa League for the third consecutive time and are seeking a shot at glory at the biggest stage. So, a tight and exciting contest can be expected.
Dybala: Ucl draw? which will see him reunited with Rosanero teammate Franco Vazquez, who is now at Sevilla." pic.twitter.com/IXnFx8hwCR
— Forza Juventus (@forza_juve2016) August 31, 2016
The newly crowned Turkish champions will see a rather stylish but attacking display of football in their first encounter. Benfica achieved marvels in their previous campaigns and are aiming to improve on their record. So an exciting and attacking contest is in the books for viewers.
Real Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Porto, Dortmund and Athletic Madrid will also be in action but they can be termed as one-sided affairs. We all are extremely excited for the action to start and anxiously await the UEFA Anthem.