CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHDAY: Man City starts their Champions League title defense.Barcelona aims for a successful start.

Champions League.

Italia vs.Atletico Madrid (E Group).

With Lazio, the team he won four trophies with while a player, including Serie A in 2000, Diego Simeone will bring his Atletico to the Stadio Olimpico.

The teams haven’t faced off since Simeone’s Atletico team won both their home and away games in the Europa League in 2011–12.

The following season, Atletico went on to win the trophy.

Having started Serie A with one win and three losses, Lazio has had a hit-and-miss season.

However, the victory occurred during a trip to the champions’ home team, Napoli.

“Feyenoord vs.”.Group E’s Celtic.

The Celtics’ manager Brendan Rodgers has set the goal for his team to remain in Europe after the holiday season.

In the event that Celtic place third in Group E, the Scottish team would prefer that to be in the Champions League as opposed to the Europa League.

However, after being placed in a group with Atletico Madrid, Lazio, and Feyenoord, the Scottish champions face a significant challenge.

Tuesday’s group stage match between Celtic and Feyenoord in Rotterdam will be their final opportunity to win.

Paris Saint-Germain and vs.Borussia Dortmund (Grup F).

PSG has scaled back its desire to win the Champions League for the first time after numerous failures.

The French champions, on the other hand, are optimistic that the off-season reshuffling of their team will produce a more evenly matched group that is less centered on individuals.

Kylian Mbappe, who remains PSG’s top offensive threat and will likely spearhead the offense against Dortmund, has been retained.

Both Marco Asensio and Presnel Kimpembe won’t be playing for PSG.

This season, Dortmund’s defense has been shaky and the team has struggled to replace Jude Bellingham, who is now a star for Real Madrid.

A.C. Milan vs.Durham (Group F).

After losing 5-1 to city rival Inter Milan in the Milan derby on Saturday, Milan, a semifinalist from last season, is suffering psychologically.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a recently retired Rossoneri star, visited the team’s training facility in Milanello on Monday to cheer everyone up.

Recently moving from Milan to Newcastle, midfielder Sandro Tonali will now take on his former team.

Manchester City versus.Group G’s Red Star Belgrade.

Manchester City will play host to Red Star Belgrade to start its title defense.

As part of a treble of victories last season, Pep Guardiola led the club backed by Abu Dhabi to its first European Cup.

As City tries to defend the title, history is working against it.

The only team to win the Champions League twice in a row during the current era is Real Madrid.

In the years 2016–2018, Madrid won it three times in a row.

Adolescent boys vs.Leipzig (G-group).

In the Champions League, where it will play Swiss team Young Boys in Bern, Leipzig is getting back into shape just in time.

After losing to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga opener, Marco Rose’s team bounced back with three straight victories, and 20-year-old Dutch forward Xavi Simons has quickly established himself as the group’s new star.

Xavi has scored and assisted on four goals in his last three games.

Barcelona vs.Brussels (Group H).

Barcelona enters this year’s campaign on a high after four straight victories in the Spanish league, when it totaled 13 goals, and two consecutive group-stage victories.

Joo Félix and Joo Cancelo, two recent additions, both scored in the team’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis on Saturday.

Coach Xavi expressed confidence that the two Portuguese internationals will boost the team’s competitiveness going into the Champions League this season.

To advance to the group stage for the first time, Antwerp defeated the Greek club AEK Athens in a playoff.

“Shakhtar Donetsk vs.Portugal’s Porto (Group H).

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the reigning champion Shakhtar is playing its home games in Hamburg, Germany this year.

Shakhtar can still compete in the Champions League as evidenced by victories over Leipzig and draws with Real Madrid last year, despite using fewer foreign players and putting more of an emphasis on homegrown talent.

Since losing the Super Cup season opener to Benfica, Porto has gone undefeated in five matches in the Portuguese league.

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