Real Madrid vs APOEL, how and where to watch
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 12, 2017,
Sep 12, 2017, 17:25
As a group it'll be interesting to see how we get on. Firstly, Feyenoord, who have started the new season well since last season's heroics, will host Manchester City, who's minimum expectations will be to progress through the group. Last season we won three which wasn't bad for the club, but we did not fight for the Premier League and we were not in the Champions League, so we have to be humble and take it step by step.
He will need no firing up the against the Champions League debutants from Azerbaijan.
Bayern Munich, who suffered a league defeat to Hoffenheim at the weekend, are second favourites to win the competition.
Is the Real Madrid v APOEL game online? "Maybe you say they play on the wings, but we will make do with what we have, and we will do well for sure".
Antonio Conte will hope that his side can excel in Europe while Chelsea fans will relish the return of Champions League football as they aim for a repeat of their 2011-12 season, when they were crowned winners of the Champions League.
Gareth Bale has explained that winning trophies with Real Madrid appeals to him far more than being the star man at a club not competing for European honours. Celtic is never an easy team to visit, but the Scottish champions are likely to be fighting it out with Anderlecht for third place.
They also have some of the most exciting attacking players in the game in Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and David Silva. "So I want to go beyond the semifinals".
There are six Premier League clubs who regard the Champions League as their "natural habitat".
He hopes the French side can compete but, having been part of the Monaco side that lost 4-1 on aggregate to Juve in last season's semifinals, he says Massimiliano Allegri's side will be hard to overcome.
Whether anyone can beat them is still the biggest question, despite everything going on beneath the defending champions. While the quality of the players at his disposal obviously helps, Zidane's man-management, and ability to get his Galacticos to add up to more than the sum of their parts has been hugely impressive.
Manager Paulo Fonseca will be without defensive midfielder Maksym Malyshev after he recently underwent a knee-operation, but will otherwise have a full squad.
The UEFA Champions League season formally begins this week, as the group stage commences across Europe on Tuesday. Liverpool had to overcome Hoffenheim in a two-legged play off to reach the group stage.
One of the biggest draws of the Champions League is the fact the world's brightest stars are all on display, fighting each other for the tag of the tournament's top scorer.