A new season of Champions League and Europa League beckons, but in what has been dubbed the best ever European club competition, the best teams of Europe are on the line.
Here are five things to know ahead of the first leg of the last-16 first leg on Saturday.1.
It’s a good chance for all the big European clubs to show their quality to the world.
The European champions are currently the world’s best, with Juventus and Real Madrid in the mix, but their rivals in the Bundesliga and the Premier League are in the dark.
There is a chance to make a statement on Thursday night, but it is a real test.
Juventus will have their eyes on the title.
They are still in the race for the trophy, but they will have to defend against Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, as well as Manchester City, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal, to reach the final.2.
It will be a battle between two super teams.
With Juventus already having beaten Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, there will be plenty of pressure on Barcelona and Bayern to beat Juventus in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Juventus need to win both matches against Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Arsenal to reach their second consecutive finals.
It could be the first game in the knockout stages for the best two clubs in Europe.
In the last round of the Champions Leagues, Juventus, who had already won the domestic league title in 2018, faced Real Madrid and lost 2-0.
At the start of the season, Juventus had been a runaway favourite to reach Wembley Stadium and advance to the knockout stage of the tournament, but the Spanish giants lost to Manchester City 3-1 in the final in Madrid.
This could be a different story.
Atletico Madrid will be looking to extend their title reign with a win over Atletico Bilbao in the first legs of the semi.
They have already beaten Real Madrid 2-1, but will need to beat Real Madrid at home and Real in the second leg of their final to have any hope of winning the title outright.4.
It can be difficult to predict who will win the league.
Both Real Madrid – who are unbeaten in the competition – and Barcelona are in a battle for the top spot, but Bayern Munich are also in the hunt.
The Champions League is not a football tournament and, while the best sides in the world could be on the brink of success, it is always important to remember that each side has its own strengths and weaknesses.
There will be an unpredictable match-up on Thursday and there are many chances for teams who are playing against a top team to slip up.5.
Barcelona have been a top side in Europe for a long time.
But this is their first Champions League game.
It has been a very tough season for the Catalan club, which has won just one trophy in La Liga and only once in the Europa Liga.
Their struggles have made them a real target for a lot of teams and they will want to prove that they can deliver on the big stage.
It is very important that they do not disappoint, because they are a great team.6.
The Europa League is an incredible game.
The teams play at a higher level than in the European competition, so it is difficult to say which team will have the edge.
Both teams have played more games this season, with Barcelona having played two games in the last two weeks, while Real Madrid have played three matches.
It means the best team in Europe will have a real chance to win the competition.
But it will be very difficult for Real Madrid to defeat Juventus, as they are always looking for an opening.7.
It may not be a Champions League title, but you can still watch the game online.
Real Madrid will have two big television screens, with the last one in Barcelona and the other in Madrid, which will be home to the final between Juventus and Barcelona.
However, the last leg is going to be streamed live online on Real Madrid’s website.
Fans can watch the live game from home or on a mobile phone.
It should be an excellent experience, and a lot will depend on whether the fans can adapt to watching the game on the internet.8.
Real will be without star player Sergio Ramos.
The Madrid captain will miss the game due to injury, but his absence will be felt throughout the rest of the game.
Madrid are currently favourites to reach Madrid’s first-leg final against Barcelona after winning the domestic and European titles.
The Spanish giants are also favourites to win La Liga, which is also their home league.9.
This will be the last game for the last four European champions to reach a final in the history of the competition and will be remembered for the longest trophy run in history.
The trophy will be retired at the end of the next European season.10.
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