Champions League

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The Blues are set to kick off their pursuit of Champions League glory against Schalke on Wednesday night and Goal takes a look at what you can expect from them this year

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The Italy international was delighted with his side's victory but acknowledged that the Italian champions were made to work hard for the full three points

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COMMENT: The Bavarians have seldom had a successful season after Germany have gone far in the World Cup, but European domination is a must for them this term

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Having made a 100 per cent start in La Liga, Phil Kitromilides is backing Barcelona to open their Champions League campaign with a comfortable success against the Cypriots

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The experienced midfielder claims the Gunners "never really offered much" and were fortunate the hosts did not make the most of their chances

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COMMENT: PSG have always maintained the importance of youth in their project, but a number of homegrown stars have paid the price of a strategy that may eventually hurt the club

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The Italy international opened the scoring against Ludogorets and his coach believes he needs to get himself into the penalty area more often to again get on the scoresheet

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The Greek outfit pulled off a surprise win over the Liga champions and their coach believes their aggressive style ultimately made the difference

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Having provided two memorable encounters in last season's group stages, Al Hain-Cole is expecting more entertainment when a familiar recent Champions League rivalry is rekindled

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ANALYSIS: The Catalan club face a transfer ban in 2015 but there is plenty of talent to choose from in the youth teams. Here, Goal takes a look at the latest crop

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Having come close to ending his European hoodoo last season, Al Hain-Cole expects Frank de Boer to get off to a strong start against a French side that have struggled away recently

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Liverpool returned to the Champions League against Ludogorets on Tuesday night, with the England winger back in the starting XI at Anfield

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The standing of the secondary competition will be completely transformed this season by the award of a place in the Champions League for the winners