When will the Champions League finally kick off?
The Champions League is back in the news again after the last one ended in May, but it’s been a long time coming.
With the Europa League still to come, this has been a tough month for the sport, but the tournament is in many ways still one of the most successful sporting competitions in Europe.
There were some notable upsets during the last round, but they came against teams from all over Europe and a couple of countries who have never made the Champions league.
Here’s a look at the key players who could make an impact at the Champions.
Chelsea The Blues are expected to sign a number of big names this summer, but could they be ready for the first leg against Roma?
Jose Mourinho is a big believer in keeping his squad fresh and this year’s crop of youngsters could have a big influence on the Blues, with the likes of Oscar, Dembele, and Mata all expected to be involved.
Injuries have also been a major issue for Chelsea, but Mourinho has managed to bring some of the best young talent to Stamford Bridge, with Oscar, Gary Cahill, and Victor Moses all expected in the squad for the game against the Giallorossi.
Paris Saint-Germain If the La Liga season does go well, Paris Saint-Pierre will be looking to repeat as champions with their home win over Villarreal last weekend.
After a frustrating year with Real Madrid, this could be the chance to put a few of the club’s big names on the pitch.
Kasper Schmeichel and Serge Aurier have both already made their mark at Paris, while they could both play a crucial role for the French side.
3. Wolfsburg The German giants have been in a similar position to Manchester City, with a lot of good players on their books and few key players to choose from.
They will be hoping that they can keep pace with their rivals, as the likes Dani Alves, Mario Gomez, Marcelo Lukaku, and Mario Mandzukic all have big potential.
Bayern Munich Bayu is another Bundesliga club who could be looking for a bit of an overhaul, but with the German Bundesliga still struggling to find its feet, this will be a tough game for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Gareth Bale and Mario Gomez are key players for Bayern, while Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler could be key players on the other side of the pitch too.
Celtic With Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal all looking to make it into the Champions Leagues next season, Celtic will be keeping their eyes on the ball.
If they can build on their impressive 2015/16 campaign, they could be in for a big season.
Juventus Juve are looking to become a major force in Serie A, with their coach Massimiliano Allegri’s men looking to add to their attacking options this summer.
This could be a crucial game for the Nerazzurri as they look to add something extra to their team, as Juventus currently sit in fifth place in Serie B. 7.
Arsenal Arsenal are not going to win the Champions, but Arsene Wenger’s men are looking for some major signings to help them keep pace on the pace of Manchester City.
The Gunners are hoping that Bacary Sagna will be part of the squad this year, with Alex Iwobi, David Ospina, and Francis Coquelin also on the list.
Borussia Dortmund A win over Bayer Leverkusen would be a big step forward for Borussia Dortmund, who have been struggling to win at home for years.
While they could have the form of a top team in the Bundesliga, it would be the first time they will have won a game at the Allianz Arena since 2007/08.
Everton Everwood is a major surprise for many fans, but Everton have already won a trophy in the last six years and have been one of Europe’s top clubs for a number the last few seasons.
Now it’s time for the Blues to make the jump into Europe and bring their title challenge to a new level.
Real Madrid Real will be the biggest surprise in this group with a win over Barcelona, but will it be enough to lift them up?
The Catalans have struggled at home in recent seasons, but a win against the Apertura champions could see Real take the next step in their quest to win La Liga.
11. Barcelona Barça’s chances of lifting the Champions’ League trophy will depend on whether they beat Sevilla, who are currently in third place in the table,