The road to Champions League glory begins

Midweek nights are going to get a whole lot busier with the start of Europe’s premier football competition

All eyes were on Monaco last week as the draw for the group stage of this season’s Champions League took place. We now know exactly who will be playing who when the tournaments kick off later this month, so you can start planning for some huge nights of live football on BT Sport. Viewers of the draw were also treated to a cryptic speech by UEFA President’s Award winner Eric Cantona, who, to many licensees, may have sounded like the last man leaving the bar on a Saturday night. You can get your own customers in for plenty of solid midweek sessions, with back-to-back games during the group phase kicking off at 5.55pm and 8pm Here’s what’s awaiting the Premier League teams hoping to become eternal by writing their names in the history of European football this year.

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Football at the Double

With so much European football being played in midweek there will inevitably be fixture clashes – such as Liverpool and Chelsea’s openers on Tuesday September 17. Fear not, with the right kit you can show more than one game at a time. To do so, you will need a second box and a second viewing card. If you have a second box you can obtain a second viewing card for free by putting a call in to our service department. Please check your service at least the day before the big games to ensure you have the channels your need as match days can be the busiest for our teams. So much was left to the last minute in last season’s Champions League, make sure you don’t do the same!
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Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray

Two of Europe’s biggest names will be looking to qualify from a tough looking group. It opens with the headline acts coming face-to-face on Matchday 1, with 13-times champions Real Madrid heading to Paris. Club Brugge and Galatasaray will be out to prove they are not just there to make up the numbers.

First Fixtures

Wednesday September 18
Club Brugge vs Galatasaray, 5.55pm
Paris St Germain vs Real Madrid, 8pm


Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos, Red Star Belgrade

Last year’s runners-up nearly went out at this stage a year ago after a slow start in a tough group. It doesn’t get much easier this time for Spurs, with German giants Bayern Munich in the way as well as tricky looking trips to Athens and Belgrade to negotiate. Last year they needed a result in Barcelona to secure qualification on Matchday 6. Will they need the same when they head to the Allianz in December?

First Fixtures

Wednesday September 18
Olympiacos vs Tottenham 5.55pm
Bayern Munich vs Red Star Belgrade, 8pm

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October 1
Tottenham vs Bayern Munch, 8pm

October 22
Tottenham vs Red Star Belgrade, 8pm

November 6
Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham, 8pm

November 26
Tottenham vs Olympiacos, 8pm

December 12
Bayern Munich vs Tottenham, 8pm


Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta

Another away trip to the Ukraine may not have been exactly what Man City fans were hoping for but in general terms they should be fairly content with the draw they have been handed. It hasn’t been the group stage where City have had any real problems in previous seasons though. Can they get beyond the group and become the force in Europe that they are domestically?

First Fixtures

Wednesday September 18
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City, 8pm
Dinamo Zagreb vs Atalanta, 8pm

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October 1
Manchester City vs Dinamo Zagreb, 8pm

October 22
Manchester City vs Atalanta, 8pm

November 11
Atalanta vs Manchester City, 8pm

November 26
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk, 8pm

December 12
Dinamo Zagreb vs Manchester City, 5.55pm


Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow

The draw has thrown up a repeat of one of the classic ties from last year’s Round of 16. A hat-trick from Ronaldo overturning a 2-0 deficit from the 1st leg as Juve downed Atletico. It was just one of several incredible comeback stories in last season’s competition.

First Fixtures

Wednesday September 18
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus, 8pm
Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv Moscow, 8pm


Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk

The history books will always tell us that 2019 was the year when Liverpool triumphed in Europe’s premier competition for a sixth time. Students will have to dig a little further to realise that they nearly didn’t make it after struggling through a group that contained Napoli. The Italians missed out despite finishing on the same points as Liverpool. They will be desperate to ensure they don’t miss out again, which adds a little extra spice to Matchday 1. Will Liverpool’s joy of sixth become seventh heaven in Istanbul come the summer?

First Fixtures

Tuesday September 17
Napoli vs Liverpool, 8pm
Salzburg vs Genk, 8pm

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October 2
Liverpool vs Salzburg, 8pm

October 23
Genk vs Liverpool, 8pm

November 5
Liverpool vs Genk, 8pm

November 27
Liverpool vs Napoli, 8pm

December 10
Salzburg vs Liverpool, 5.55pm


Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague

For the Group of F, read the Group of Death. This looks like the toughest one of the lot, especially for outsiders Slavia Prague. Only two out of these three can go through so it should provide some cracking drama. Barcelona are once again one of the tournament favourites.

First Fixtures

Tuesday September 17
Inter Milan vs Slavia Prague, 5.55pm
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona, 8pm


Group G: Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, Leipzig

If Group F is the Group of Death, G looks like the group of opportunity. All four sides will fancy their chances of making it through to the knockout stages in February.

First Fixtures

Tuesday September 17
Lyon vs Zenit, 5.55pm
Benfica vs Leipzig, 8pm


Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Lille, Valencia

Chelsea’s reward for getting back into the Champions League is a draw alongside last year’s surprise package Ajax, Spain’s Valencia and Ligue 1 runner-up Lille. Frank Lampard was in the team that lifted the trophy in Germany in 2012. Now he’ll be trying to inspire his charges to another memorable run.

First Fixtures

Tuesday September 17
Lyon vs Zenit, 5.55pm
Chelsea vs Valencia, 8pm

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October 2
Lille vs Chelsea, 8pm

October 23
Ajax vs Chelsea, 5.55pm

November 5
Chelsea vs Ajax, 8pm

November 27
Valencia vs Chelsea, 5.55pm

December 10
Chelsea vs Lille, 8pm

Watch every Champions League game from the groups to the final live on BT Sport. For further fixture details and assets to help you promote games in your venue visit www.btsportbusiness.com/fixtures-and-promotion

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