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UEFA Champions League resumes tonight

Real Madrid players celebrate their Champions League triumph in May

The UEFA Champions League season formally begins this week, as the group stage commences across Europe tonight.

Last season, Real Madrid won its record 12th European Cup and became the first team to win successive titles in the Champions League era.

This season, the Spanish Champions have set their target on becoming the first team to win three straight European Cups since Bayern Munich from 1974 to 1976.

The return of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to the elite competition brings the number of English teams in the tournament to five and expectations will be high for them to perform much better than they have since 2012 when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in the finals at the Allianz Arena.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who technically have the deadliest forward line in Europe, will similarly be hoping that the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe along with the support of Edison Cavani will propel them to the top of Europe.

In tonight’s major fixtures; Barcelona will host Juventus at Nou Camp, Anderlecht will face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena as Chelsea hosts Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s Man United will also be in action tonight as they take on Basel at the Theatre of Dreams.

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