Join the African Football Headquarters team as they anticipate the Big Game One clash at UCL.
The Champions League group stage is back, and perhaps more than ever – the European Premier Club competition will begin with a series of blockbuster heavyweights.
Liverpool will take on AC Milan in a replay of their impressive 2005 Champions League final, while Bayern Munich and Barcelona will face each other, while the Internazionale will face Real Madrid from Monday to Monday.
Any of these fixtures – with just the name – could be a possible finalist, though this time, it’s the first step on the path to glory for these six European hopefuls.
The fixtures are the focus of this week’s African Football Headquarters UCL, as the pod group discusses the biggest results of the first round of fixtures.
One of the key questions is how this new-looking Barcelona team can play against Byron as Ronald Koeman faces an early season test.
While the German giants beat Reson Balsport Leipzig 4-1 over the weekend, Barca are still tied to the life ahead of Lionel Messi – who left for Paris Saint-Germain and Anthony Griezmann, who left Atletico Madrid. Came back
This represents an opportunity for Memphis Depp, who now has to bear the brunt of goal scoring, and Ansu Fatti, who now inherits this heavy Barca No. 10 shirt; and the expectation that comes with it.
Depp, who failed to make a name for himself at Manchester United, did well at the Olympic Lyonnais, but proving himself to be Barca’s leading man is another challenge for the Dutch striker.
For Bayern, too, Barca’s showdown represents a real test for new boss Julian Naglasman, who will be hoping that the new signing-and former Leap Zig in-charge-Dwight Apamecano will be one of the best young defenders of his generation. Can sustain themselves.
Real Madrid vs Internazionale is indeed a blockbuster fixture, although there is no doubt that the Italian giants are a very different force from the team that won the Serie A title last season.
Despite this success, Nerazzurri is in the process of reorganizing, including prominent coach Antonio Conte, Echraf Hakimi, Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young, who are no longer with the club.
Christian Eriksen was also another key member of the title-winning team that will not be available against Real.
The star twist of Eduardo Camavenga over the weekend suggests that he is rapidly settling into Real, but without Rafael Varane or Sergio Ramos, the Capital club also have some changes to make if they are to return to the European game. Reach the peak.
In the end, Liverpool v Milan represents a blockbuster in their favor – not to mention the unforgettable 2005 final.
The Reds are built on the backbone of African talent, including Muhammad Salah, Sadio Mane, Nabi Keta and Joel Matip Jجنrgen Klopp’s projects, and critically, they have already emerged victorious.
Can the Merseysiders prove that they are the best bet to provide the African winner once again for this year’s competition?