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How to watch UEFA Champions League group stage: Live stream, time, date, how to watch

talkSPORT 14 September, 2021 - 06:03am

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off Tuesday with eight games, including defending champion Chelsea hosting Zenit Saint Petersburg.

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The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off Tuesday with eight games, including defending tournament champion Chelsea hosting Zenit Saint Petersburg at Stamford Bridge. 

Also on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo will play in his first Champions League game for Manchester United since losing to Barcelona in the 2009 final. Barcelona, meanwhile, will play the team that dealt it a humiliating 8-2 defeat in the 2020 Champions League quarterfinals, Bayern Munich.

On Wednesday, Paris Saint-Germain - which now features Lionel Messi - begins its quest to win its first-ever Champions League trophy.

The opening day for the group stage will feature eight games, all of which are available to be streamed online on Paramount+. The Champions League group stage continues through Dec. 8.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League final will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The remaining 24 teams in UEFA Champions League play have been drawn into eight groups of four teams apiece.

All games streaming on Paramount+ unless otherwise noted. Spanish-language broadcasts available on Univision, TUDN, UniMas or Galavision. Streaming also available on fuboTV.

Young Boys vs. Manchester United, 12:45 p.m. 

Sevilla vs. Salzburg, 12:45 p.m.   

Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich, 3 p.m. 

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Benfica, 3 p.m. 

LOSC vs. Wolfsburg, 3 p.m.  

Besiktas vs. Borussia Dortmund, 12:45 p.m. 

Sheriff vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 12:45 p.m. 

Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig, 3 p.m. 

Club Brugge vs. PSG, 3 p.m. 

Atletico Madrid vs. Porto, 3 p.m.   

Liverpool vs. AC Milan, 3 p.m. 

Sporting CP vs. Ajax, 3 p.m. 

Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid, 3 p.m.

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Inter Milan, 12:45 p.m.   

Ajax vs. Besiktas, 12:45 p.m.  

PSG vs. Manchester City, 3 p.m. 

Leipzig vs. Club Brugge, 3 p.m.   

AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid, 3 p.m. 

Borussia Dortmund vs. Sporting CP, 3 p.m. 

Real Madrid vs. Sheriff, 3 p.m.

Atalanta vs. Young Boys, 12:45 p.m. 

Bayern Munich vs. Dynamo Kyiv, 3 p.m. 

Manchester United vs. Villarreal, 3 p.m.   

Salzburg vs. LOSC, 3 p.m.  

Wolfsburg vs. Sevilla, 3 p.m.   

Club Brugge vs. Manchester City, 12:45 p.m.  

Besiktas vs. Sporting CP, 12:45 p.m.       

Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m.  

Porto vs. AC Milan, 3 p.m. 

Ajax vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3 p.m.  

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid, 3 p.m.

Inter Milan vs. Sheriff, 3 p.m. 

Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kyiv, 12:45 p.m. 

Benfica vs. Bayern Munich, 3 p.m. 

Young Boys vs. Villarreal, 3 p.m.   

Manchester United vs. Atalanta, 3 p.m. 

LOSC vs. Sevilla, 3 p.m.   

Chelsea vs. Malmo, 3 p.m.     

Malmo vs. Chelsea, 12:45 p.m.  

Wolfsburg vs. Salzburg, 12:45 p.m.    

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m.   

Bayern Munich vs. Benfica, 3 p.m.   

Villarreal vs. Young Boys, 3 p.m.  

Atalanta vs. Man. United, 3 p.m.     

Sevilla vs. LOSC, 3 p.m.     

Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 12:45 p.m. 

AC Milan vs. Porto, 12:45 p.m.   

Manchester City vs. Club Brugge, 3 p.m. 

Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid, 3 p.m. 

Sporting CP vs. Besiktas, 3 p.m.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax, 3 p.m.   

Sheriff vs. Inter Milan, 3 p.m. 

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Bayern Munich, 12:45 p.m.  

Villarreal vs. Manchester United, 12:45 p.m.     

Barcelona vs. Benfica, 3 p.m.     

Young Boys vs. Atalanta, 3 p.m. 

LOSC vs. Salzburg, 3 p.m.  

Malmo vs. Zenit, 3 p.m.   

Inter Milan vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 12:45 p.m.

Besiktas vs. Ajax, 12:45 p.m.    

Manchester City vs. PSG, 3 p.m. 

Club Brugge vs. Leipzig, 3 p.m. 

Atletico Madrid vs. AC Milan, 3 p.m. 

Sporting CP vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3 p.m.          

Sheriff vs. Real Madrid, 3 p.m.

PSG vs. Club Brugge, 12:45 p.m.

Leipzig vs. Manchester City, 12:45 p.m.     

Porto vs. Atletico Madrid, 3 p.m.  

AC Milan vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m. 

Borussia Dortmund vs. Besiktas, 3 p.m. 

Ajax vs. Sporting CP, 3 p.m. 

Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan, 3 p.m. 

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Sheriff, 3 p.m.

Juventus vs. Malmo, 12:45 p.m.        

Benfica vs. Dynamo Kyiv, 3 p.m. 

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m.  

Manchester United vs. Young Boys, 3 p.m.   

Salzburg vs. Sevilla, 3 p.m.   

Wolfsburg vs. LOSC, 3 p.m.  

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Champions League schedule: How to watch, TV, odds, live stream link

NBC Sports 14 September, 2021 - 05:40am

The UEFA Champions League is ready for the group stage with a Thursday draw delivering the path to Russia for both the big boys and minnows.

Below you will find UCL odds on the outright winners, as well as how to watch the Champions League online, the UCL schedule, and even(tually) predictions for the biggest games in Europe.

Below is everything you need to know on the UEFA Champions League.

Cole would be "stunned" if Premier League teams do not dominate the Champions League this season

Football365 14 September, 2021 - 05:09am

Date published: Tuesday 14th September 2021 11:09 - Lewis Oldham

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has suggested that he “would be stunned” if “at least” two English teams do not reach the Champions League semi-finals.

The Champions League group stages get underway this midweek. The holders Chelsea have their first game on Tuesday evening against Zenit. Juventus and Malmo are the other sides in Group H.

The Blues beat Manchester City in the final of last year’s competition. They have a difficult group as they will come up against PSG, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A.

Elsewhere, Liverpool will face AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Porto in Group B, while Man United have a simpler group as they have been drawn to face Atalanta, Villarreal and Young Boys.

Cole has told the Daily Mail that he expects “at least” two English teams to reach the semi-finals of the competition this season:

“I would be stunned if we don’t get at least two teams in the semi-finals, possibly three and maybe even four. I just think we are so much stronger than the other leagues,” Cole claimed.

“The best thing for English football now is that we had a 10-year lull when none of our top players were competing at Champions League level, from 2000 to 2010, now you look at Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, their teams are full of English players. That’s why we’re so unbelievable.

“I have to see what PSG looks like with those players. That could go one way or the other still because it’s still unbalanced as a squad. Had the Messi deal been done earlier, I think certain other types of players would have come in, more runners. We’ll wait and see but that’s an exciting project to watch.”

“Saul is a great player. I’ve known him since his days in the national team,” Azpilicueta said.

“He has a great experience at the highest level with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and, when he signed for Chelsea, he had a bit of stressful last hours of the transfer window.

“He arrived in a new country, just field training sessions, his first game was against good opposition and they were very aggressive, so it’s normal.

“Sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt. His response has been absolutely spot on. He’s decided to improve, he’s asking questions, he wants to adapt as quick as possible.

“Some players need more time than others. That’s completely natural. He asked for our full support.”

"In the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they laid down and died."

"It’s hard to find positives for Arsenal because at times, it’s been disarray..."

"If Liverpool signed Lukaku, you're talking about them being front runners for the title."

"It’s like choosing [a favourite] between your kids. Choosing between Mason Mount and Jack Grealish…"

The pundits picked out one Chelsea star at fault for their defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup final.

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Cole would be "stunned" if Premier League teams do not dominate the Champions League this season

GIVEMESPORT 14 September, 2021 - 05:09am

Date published: Tuesday 14th September 2021 11:09 - Lewis Oldham

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has suggested that he “would be stunned” if “at least” two English teams do not reach the Champions League semi-finals.

The Champions League group stages get underway this midweek. The holders Chelsea have their first game on Tuesday evening against Zenit. Juventus and Malmo are the other sides in Group H.

The Blues beat Manchester City in the final of last year’s competition. They have a difficult group as they will come up against PSG, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A.

Elsewhere, Liverpool will face AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Porto in Group B, while Man United have a simpler group as they have been drawn to face Atalanta, Villarreal and Young Boys.

Cole has told the Daily Mail that he expects “at least” two English teams to reach the semi-finals of the competition this season:

“I would be stunned if we don’t get at least two teams in the semi-finals, possibly three and maybe even four. I just think we are so much stronger than the other leagues,” Cole claimed.

“The best thing for English football now is that we had a 10-year lull when none of our top players were competing at Champions League level, from 2000 to 2010, now you look at Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, their teams are full of English players. That’s why we’re so unbelievable.

“I have to see what PSG looks like with those players. That could go one way or the other still because it’s still unbalanced as a squad. Had the Messi deal been done earlier, I think certain other types of players would have come in, more runners. We’ll wait and see but that’s an exciting project to watch.”

“Saul is a great player. I’ve known him since his days in the national team,” Azpilicueta said.

“He has a great experience at the highest level with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and, when he signed for Chelsea, he had a bit of stressful last hours of the transfer window.

“He arrived in a new country, just field training sessions, his first game was against good opposition and they were very aggressive, so it’s normal.

“Sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt. His response has been absolutely spot on. He’s decided to improve, he’s asking questions, he wants to adapt as quick as possible.

“Some players need more time than others. That’s completely natural. He asked for our full support.”

"In the two defeats against the big boys, it was like they laid down and died."

"It’s hard to find positives for Arsenal because at times, it’s been disarray..."

"If Liverpool signed Lukaku, you're talking about them being front runners for the title."

"It’s like choosing [a favourite] between your kids. Choosing between Mason Mount and Jack Grealish…"

The pundits picked out one Chelsea star at fault for their defeat to Leicester in the FA Cup final.

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Why PSG and Premier League clubs are set to dominate the Champions League

ESPN 13 September, 2021 - 08:38am

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The Champions League is anything but predictable. The past four seasons have given us four different winners, while nine different teams have contested the most recent six finals. But as European football continues to shake on its axis through a combination of financial mismanagement and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, that might be about to change.

Not sure? Well, here's a prediction: it will be reduced to a private battle between Paris Saint-Germain and the Premier League clubs this season, and over the short- to medium-term. Bayern Munich might have something to say about that, but this summer's transfer market has shown us where the money is in the game: wherever the cash flows, the big trophies usually follow.

The most high-profile players are also part of that equation, which is why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo upgraded their own Champions League chances this summer with transfers to PSG and Manchester United respectively. Messi (four) and Ronaldo (five) have won nine Champions Leagues between them, so don't be surprised if one of them bags another this season.

Still, it's not all doom and gloom. Less than six months after Europe's elite clubs attempted to form a breakaway Super League that would have signalled the death knell for the Champions League as we know it, football's most prestigious club competition is back as the road to the final in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May begins.

But LaLiga has not been represented in any of the last three finals, which have signposted a clear shift towards an increasingly dominant Premier League. Two of those finals have been won by English teams, Liverpool and Chelsea, with Tottenham and Man City the losing finalists in all-Premier League affairs. The exception was Bayern's 2019-20 victory over PSG in Lisbon, which gave us another indicator as to which way the wind was beginning to blow in European football.

So as the biggest clubs begin their Champions League journey this week, it seems you can pretty much forget about a Spanish or Italian team winning the competition this season. Barcelona and Real are both lost in a period of transition, with huge wage bills at Camp Nou and the Bernabeu draining their resources. Barcelona's debt now stands at €1.35 billion, ultimately forcing them to accept defeat in their attempts to keep Messi at the club. Although Real reported cash reserves of €122m in June, they are halfway through a €700m redevelopment of the Bernabeu, and efforts to trim their annual €400m wage bill led to the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Real spent €30m on Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and signed David Alaba from Bayern on a free, while Barca's incomings have been the likes of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay on free transfers, with Messi, Antoine Griezmann (Atletico, loan) and Miralem Pjanic (Besiktas, loan) among those heading out.

Neither Barcelona or Real appear in any shape to rival PSG or the Premier League giants this season, and although Atletico are always a consistent Champions League force, they have also lacked the ability to go all the way. Diego Simeone's team are unlikely to change that this time around.

It is a similar story in Italy. Juventus, having lost finals in 2015 and 2017, only just snuck into this season's competition with a fourth-place finish in Serie A, and they offloaded Ronaldo to United in an attempt to reduce their financial commitments. And champions Inter are highly unlikely to repeat their 2010 Champions League win, having lost coach Antonio Conte and leading scorer Romelu Lukaku since clinching the Scudetto last season.

Bayern, Champions League winners as recently as 2020, have added RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer to their squad, as well as hiring Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann to replace Hansi Flick. But the big question mark over the German champions is whether their long-serving, but ageing, stars can go all the way in the Champions League again.

Manuel Neuer (35), Thomas Muller (32) and Robert Lewandowski (33) remain Bayern's mainstays, alongside younger players including Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies and Leon Goretzka, yet this summer has seen Bayern lose pace with PSG and the English teams.

Premier League champions City may have missed out on signing Harry Kane and Ronaldo to replace Aguero, but they have strengthened nonetheless with £100m England midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola's team reached last season's final by playing without a recognised centre-forward for much of the campaign, so the loss of injury-plagued Aguero shouldn't really be felt, while Chelsea, who beat City in the final last season, have added potency to their team with the £97.5m signing of Lukaku.

Liverpool have lost midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG and signed Ibrahima Konate from Leipzig, but although ins and outs have been minimal, Jurgen Klopp's team continue to possess one of the best attacking units in Europe, and they have defender Virgil van Dijk fit and playing again after last season's cruciate ligament injury layoff. Liverpool's squad and European pedigree make them live contenders to win the Champions League.

And while United have yet to win a trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, their summer recruitment of Ronaldo, Varane and Jadon Sancho has propelled them into the conversation about potential winners. With goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba starting the season in impressive form, United have the credentials to go all the way, too.

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But as the Champions League prepares to get under way, the favourites are, without question, PSG. Coach Mauricio Pochettino has seen his squad enhanced by the signings of Messi, Ramos and Wijnaldum -- each a previous Champions League winner -- as well as Nuno Mendes, Danilo Pereira, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi, another man with a Champions League win on his resume with Real Madrid in 2018.

With all that stellar talent added to an already world-class squad -- Neymar and Kylian Mbappe remain at Parc des Princes too -- it appears that the only team that can stop PSG winning the Champions League this season is themselves.

PSG have a tough group alongside City and Leipzig -- Club Brugge are also in Group A -- but they have become a team of all the talents, and experience, this summer.

The heavyweights of Spain and Italy will be unable to stop PSG, so it is down the Premier League quartet to prevent the European Cup from heading to Paris for the first time. And that does not merely apply to this season. It is a reality that we may have to get used to for the next few years, if not longer.

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