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UEFA Champions League is Back

Today, the most watched football competition in European football the UEFA Champions League starts for the new season.

Last season winners Real Madrid will be looking to become the first ever team to win the title for 3 consecutive times when they start off their campaign.

However today, it will be Celtics entertaining a new revamped Paris Saint-Germain that just acquired Neymar from Barcelona for a world record fee and Kylian Mbappe on a season long loan deal.

The new PSG acquisition Neymar

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Last season PSG almost pulled off a shock when they beat Barcelona in the first leg 4-0 before the Catalans made the greatest come back in football history when they beat the Parisians 5-1 at the Camp Nou.

Neymar shares a light moment with team-mate

PSG will be hoping that their new recruits will be able to win them the champions League as well as the French Ligue 1

Juventus visit Camp Nou today in a game that pits last season’s semi finalists. In the last 6 games, Barcelona have only beaten Juventus once and that was in the 2015 Champions League final.

Juventus players visit the Camp Nou right after stepping down in Barcelona

Despite losing Neymar Jr to PSG, Barcelona acquired the services of Ousmane Dembele from Borusia Dortmund for 150M pounds.

Barcelona come into this game after an emphatic performance against bitter local rivals Espanyol where Lionel Messi scored a hatrick and ensured that the Catalans won by 5-0

Ousmane Dembele and Messi share a moment during training

Juventus hope that Dybala will be at top form again as they face off with Barcelona after tremendous displays last season.

In England, United will mark their return to the Champions League action after two failed season. But with Mourinho incharge, the red devils look to have regained their prowess and will be hoping to lock horns with Euope’s elite again.

Mourinho inspects his team during training

Mourinho came out to state that unlike most English teams, other teams from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, among others, that have have weak competition, the English teams come in a little exhausted and so they find their competitors fresh and stronger.

Ander Herrera will be very instrumental for United in this season’s Champions League

United host Basel at Old Trafford tonight. The stadium is sure to be filled up to capacity when the  Red Devils kick start their campaign.

In the other games

Olympiacos vs Sporting Lisbon

Roma vs Athletico Madrid

Chelsea vs Qarabag FK

Benfica vs CSK Moscow

All games will be kicking off at 9:45 PM

 

Author: Echodu

Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Associate at the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!

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