The Champions League returns tonight, and if you are a Tottenham Hotspur supporter you are probably not over what happened in the 26th second of the Champions League Final 2019. Well, it is a memory that some Spurs fan want to forget, but when you look back at the Champions League 2018/2019 it was a hell of a campaign. Not just for Tottenham Hotspur, but matches brought shock surprises, turn arounds that we had not witnessed before, there was some real magic last year. From Tottenham Hotspurs incredible nights, Ajax beating the big boys, Manchester United making that comeback in Paris, Liverpools campaign – a lot happened. So what will this years UCL bring?
As always, the fixtures (and groups) can be ‘biggies’, and some not so interesting. Although the Champions, Liverpool, kick off their campaign away at Napoli tonight, the group stage of the competition kicks off between Inter Milan and Slavia Prague, and Lyon v. Zenit. However, the Napoli Liverpool game – a repeat of last years group stage, which saw Napoli win home and away 1- nil – is not the only big game tonight. Barcelona start their UCL campaign in Dortmund, while Chelsea host Valencia. However, tomorrow night (19th September) also brings about a few matches, in which, you probably wish you could all watch at once. Paris (PSG) host Real Madrid, and Juventus travel to Atletico Madrid (Round of 16, Juventus won 3-2 on aggregate). Then of course, you have the other two English Clubs – Tottenham travel to Greece for their clash with Olmpiacos, and Manchester City travelling to Shakhtar Donetsk.
So will we be seeing any shock campaigns this year? Will one of the finalists be lucky to make the last 16, like Spurs last year (thanking PSV for holding out a draw against Inter Milan, to send Spurs through to the last 16 over Inter Milan).
The Group Stage UCL 2019/2020
As the Champions League starts again, and if we know anything for last year – 1. don’t write any team off, and 2. Come backs in the second half of semi-finals also happen.
Now, I’m not going to predict who will win the Champions League, although last year something inside of me told me that Tottenham would reach the Champions League Final, I will have a go at who I think will make the last 16.
With the Champions League back, except comebacks like Manchester United in Paris, Liverpool against Barcelona (in Liverpool), and a 90+5 goal for Tottenham in Amsterdam to send them through to their first ever Champions League Final. Will Manchester City not get drawn against an English team and lose? Will PSG surprise us all, and not loss when winning in the first leg? There are a few things we know for certain – excitement, upset, big teams being beaten, the underdogs winning games that no one excepted, and one some magical moments.
Who do you think will win the Champions League 2019/2020?
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