It's also been estimated that Bayern could. The Bayern forward finished head of the class with 15 goals this term.

Despite bolstering the squad with the likes of Danilo Pereira, Rafinha and Alessandro Florenzi, PSG is yet to sign a replacement for captain and vastly experienced center back Thiago Silva, who left to join Chelsea in the transfer window. (CNN)Only one team in Champions League history has previously won back-to-back titles. Liverpool now has the joint worst defensive record in the league -- for goals conceded -- and cracks that had started to appear last season offer opposing teams plenty of opportunities to exploit, notably in the way Villa preyed on the Reds' high defensive back line. And for Klopp, the winner is likely to come from those two. Bayern and Paris are among the eight sides seeded in Pot 1. Right now, there's a lot going on in Barcelona. Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow -- appearing in its first Champions League since 2003-04 -- completes the group. UEFA.com's reporters dissect Bayern's victory against Paris in Lisbon. The club came so close to clinching its first European Cup, the trophy its Qatari owners crave the most, and it remains to be seen whether last season's final defeat will deflate the squad or become an added motivation. Perhaps most concerningly for Bayern's European rivals is that the Bavarian club has arguably only gotten stronger in the off-season. But Ryan Babel, who played under Koeman during his two-and-a-half years in charge of the Netherlands, believes the 57-year-old has the ability to turn the club's fortunes around. Watch the best moments from the Man of the Match including his Champions League winning goal.

earn over $150 million for winning last season's tournament. "He's a very good coach," he told CNN. Watch all 15 goals scored by Bayern's Polish star in the Champions League this season. Follow your favourite club and stay connected to make sure you keep your calendar up to date. Add to the mix Jadon Sancho and Borussia are a team that can certainly surprise opponents as the competition progresses. The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trademarks and/or copyright of UEFA. Is Bruno Fernandes Manchester United's savior? ), Install in iCalendar or default calendar (this is a webcal link).

Bayern came up two goals short after a stunning campaign. Meanwhile, despite having never won the title, Manchester City once again enter into this season's competition as the bookmakers' joint favorite. Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid will likely be a contender for top spot, followed by exciting Austrian side RB Salzburg, which put in some thrilling performances in the group stages against Liverpool and Napoli last season. For us, Koeman created an atmosphere that everyone wanted to be a part of.". Paris Saint-Germain, last season's beaten finalist, has been drawn in a tricky group alongside Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Turkish champion Istanbul Başakşehir. Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow -- appearing in its first Champions League since 2003-04 -- completes the group.

Time will tell whether this is just a short-term blip or a more chronic problem. We pick an XI based on the highest-scoring players in this season's Fantasy game. Despite a recent knee injury to defender Virgil van Dijk that will likely sideline him for much of the fall, the English champions have plenty of great players (like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to name just two) to get the job done in the group stage with an eye on the final. Arjen Robben and Serge Gnabry feature in this collection of memorable strikes. “Bayern obviously played a very impressive season in Germany, before and after lockdown. Flick revitalised Bayern during 2019/20, culminating in their glorious Champions League triumph in Lisbon. Updated 0926 GMT (1726 HKT) October 20, 2020. Like PSG, Pep Guardiola’s team have been built to win this tournament but failed at every turn. JUST WATCHED "However, sometimes in football timing is very important. Russian footballer hit by lightning is back in training, Luis Figo on Cristiano Ronaldo at Juve and the situation at Barcelona. Watch all 15 goals scored by Bayern's Polish star in the Champions League this season. "He's a very good coach," he told CNN. However, Barcelona refused to budge on the Argentine's $897 million release clause and, not wanting to drag the club he says he loves into an unsavory legal dispute, Messi opted to stay. The 32-team tournament will crown a champion in May 2021, barring any stoppages due to the virus. Man City star facing uncertain future as contract enters final months, Pay cuts, China and Gunnersaurus: Ozil's journey from Arsenal hero to £18m outcast, Fabinho & Gomez offer hope Liverpool can survive without Van Dijk. Fans have no need to miss a single minute of the Champions League. Where is the 2021 final? Messi has only managed one goal so far, a penalty on the opening day against Villarreal, but Barca has been buoyed by the performances of exciting youngster Ansu Fati, who has bagged three goals in the opening three games and also made history as Spain's youngest ever goalscorer during the international break. Few could argue that the perennial German champion was not the best team in Europe last season and a deserving Champions League winner. “The competition will be really interesting, as it’s completely new. Veterans like Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema have the experience and talent to carry this team out of the group stage and beyond. The names are all there. But when you see Man City, you see the squad they have…. After losing the Serie A race last season to Juventus by just a point and the Europa League final to Sevilla, Inter Milan are a team hungry for a trophy.

Bayern Munich's Champions League group stage game against Atletico Madrid will be played behind closed doors with the Bavarian city extending a … Juve may dominate in Italy, but Ronaldo has been unable to push this team past the finish line in UCL play. The Champions League concluded just two months ago after the coronavirus pandemic put the competition on hold back in March. Perhaps most concerningly for Bayern's European rivals is that the Bavarian club has arguably only gotten stronger in the off-season. Recall some of the highlights of an extraordinary campaign from the Bayer striker. Liverpool now has the joint worst defensive record in the league -- for goals conceded -- and cracks that had started to appear last season offer opposing teams plenty of opportunities to exploit, notably in the way Villa preyed on the Reds' high defensive back line. Despite the off-field distractions -- of which there are plenty at the Catalan club -- Barcelona started the La Liga campaign in good form with Ronald Koeman as its new head coach, winning its opening two games before drawing against Sevilla. Don’t forget that. Pep Guardiola's side was stunned by Lyon in last season's quarterfinal and the Spanish manager is still looking for his first Champions League triumph since leaving Barcelona in 2012. Bayern has a tricky but manageable group to kick off the defense of its title. Goals, thrills, late comebacks and roller-coaster epics – this season has had it all. Bayern's form has been sensational since Hansi Flick took over last November. The Bavarian giants could very well repeat after coach Hansi Flick’s team returned from the coronavirus pause in great form.