UEFA Champions League 2019-20: Gameweek 1 preview of tonight's matches
The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 season will resume on Tuesday. Liverpool, who won the 2018-19 edition of the Champions League, enter this season as the favorites. Gameweek 1 sees groups E-H meeting on Tuesday, whereas, groups A-D will start their campaign on Wednesday. There are some blockbuster clashes tonight and here we present the preview.
List of matches set to be played tonight
Antonio Conte's Inter Milan take on Slavia Praha in a crucial Group F encounter at 10:25 PM IST. Barcelona face Borussia Dortmund in the same group at 12:30 AM IST. In Group H, Chelsea face Valencia, whereas Ajax welcome Lille. Napoli face holders Liverpool, whereas, Red Bull face Genk challenge in Group E. Group G sees Lyon host Zenit and Benfica taking on Leipzig.
Dortmund vs Barcelona is the biggest clash on offer
Dortmund will want to keep their heads held high at the Signal Iduna Park. Both teams boast of rich quality in attack and that could set the tempo. Marco Reus, Paco Alacer and Jadon Sancho are key members upfront for the German team. For Barcelona, there could be an involvement of Lionel Messi for the first time this season. It's all to play for.
Liverpool face familiar foes in the form of Napoli
High-flying Liverpool have got off to a terrific start in the Premier League this season. Jurgen Klopp's men also pocketed the UEFA Super Cup last month. With a solid all-round side on offer, Liverpool will want to show their credentials from the beginning. Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli will have serious work in order to stop a rampaging Liverpool. Can they repeat last season's result?
Lampard's Chelsea take on Valencia at home
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is confident that his young team can flourish in the Champions League 2019-20 season. The legend wants to qualify from a tough group. The test against Valencia will serve as a prefect platform to see what Chelsea can offer. Valencia, who appointed Albert Celades as the new coach last week, will hope to make life for Chelsea difficult.
Where to watch the Champions League matches?
The matches are set to be telecast live on the Sony Ten Network. One can also stream the matches live on the Sony Liv app as well.