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2020-21 UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 Preview: PSG Host Manchester United, Sevilla Set for Chelsea Test


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UEFA Champions League is back headlined Manchester United hosting PSG. IAN LANGSDON/EPA

European soccer returns in earnest on Tuesday as the UEFA Champions League group stage gets underway, less than two months after Bayern Munich lifted last season’s title.

Runners-up Paris Saint-Germain re-open their continental campaign in the most alluring fixture of Matchday 1, with Manchester United set to visit the Parc des Princes for the second time in three seasons. Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig will also be a force worth watching in Group H, and they start their schedule at home to Turkish Super Lig champions, Istanbul Basaksehir.

Another Premier League powerhouse, Chelsea, prepares for a tough test of their own as defending UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla visit Stamford Bridge seeking an early push in their pool. French upstarts Rennes will make their Champions League debut against Russian representatives Krasnodar in Tuesday’s other Group E fixture.

Elsewhere, Lazio host Borussia Dortmund hoping to upset the front-runners in Group F, with neither Zenit St. Petersburg nor Club Brugge looking likely to contend for the top spot.

Five-time European champions Barcelona begin their 2020-21 campaign at home to Hungarian hopefuls Ferencvaros, while fellow Group G favorites Juventus travel to Dynamo Kiev in Andrea Pirlo’s European debut as head coach.

Visit UEFA.com to view updated group standings.

UCL Matchday 1 Schedule (All Times ET)

Tuesday, October 20

Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Club Brugge, 12:55 p.m. - Galavision

Dynamo Kiev vs. Juventus, 12:55 p.m. - TUDN

Rennes vs. Krasnodar, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra4

Chelsea vs. Sevilla, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra1

Lazio vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra2

Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros, 3 p.m. - TUDN

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m. - Galavision

RB Leipzig vs. Istanbul Basaksehir, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra3

UCL Matchday 1 Tune-In Information

TV: Galavision, TUDN

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the site of his greatest coaching achievement hoping to pull off another Parisian coup d’etat in what promises to be United’s toughest test of the group stage.

The Red Devils rose from the dead to beat PSG 3-1 at the Parc des Princes in March 2019, sealing a 3-3 aggregate draw to advance past that season’s round of 16 on away goals.

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News confirmed Edinson Cavani will not feature against his old club after he was left off the plane to Paris, while captain Harry Maguire is a more surprising absence from the squad.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel will be forced to make changes of his own in midfield, with two of his main anchors missing due to injury:

These two teams share a balanced record of one win apiece from their European meetings to date. Each are coming off the back of big domestic wins over the weekend. United came from a goal down to beat Newcastle 4-1 thanks to a late spree, while PSG looked all the more comfortable resting a host of first-team players for their 4-0 hammering of Nimes, where Kylian Mbappe notched two.

Lazio and Dortmund will meet for the first time in a competitive setting when they face off at the Stadio Olimpico, where both participants will have see their selections affected by injuries. Erling Haaland came off the bench when the latter bested Hoffenheim 1-0 on Saturday but will return to the XI as Dortmund seek a third straight win in all competitions.

Marco Reus looks fit and is ready for his Champions League return after netting the winner in that clash, while United States star Giovanni Reyna is among those in fine form ahead of the clash:

Ciro Immobile—the top scorer in Serie A last season—was suspended for Lazio as they succumbed 3-0 at Sampdoria in their last outing, their third in succession without a win. The former Dortmund striker will be back to face his old team, but Andreas Pereira, Senad Lusic and Luiz Felipe are each set to miss out.

Chelsea also open their Champions League account against a wounded giant; Sevilla suffered defeat for the first time this season when they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday, though they were hardly the only Spanish superpower to stutter:

Frank Lampard will look forward to debuting his summer signings in Europe’s elite competition, with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech in particular enjoying bright moments in the tournament over recent years.

The Blues will consider this a must-win matchup if they’re to give themselves the best chance of topping Group E. Chelsea have formed a habit scoring goals in great number with their new wealth of attacking options, though the coach may be worried they’ve also conceded three times in two of their past four games.

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