Tuesday opens with Ajax hosting Besiktas and Italian champions Internazionale away to Shakhtar Donetsk in the early evening, but the pick of the games comes from Parc des Princes, as Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City and look for revenge for last season’s semifinal defeat at the hands of the English club.
“The players are always talking about [last season’s final]. They’re determined to go one better this year. It’s a good start for us. Hopefully, we can go all the way this time,” said Man City midfielder Jack Grealish after their thrilling 6-3 win over RB Leipzig earlier this month.
Tuesday night also sees Porto hosting Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund targeting three points at home to Sporting CP, and a potential thriller between AC Milan and Atletico Madrid at the iconic San Siro.
“We go home with the awareness that the team can grow and that the Champions League level is really high, we will have to try even harder,” said Milan boss Stefano Pioli after his side’s narrow 3-2 loss away to Liverpool.
The top clash from Wednesday is a repeat of last season’s UEFA Europa League final, as Manchester United welcome Villarreal to Old Trafford. The Red Devils will be hoping for revenge against the Yellow Submarine after that infamous penalty shootout loss back in May, and aiming to bounce back after their shock opening defeat away to Young Boys.
“It’s the first game in the group. We’ve got many games to bounce back and we must do. We’ll try and pick up three points in our next game and build momentum from there,” said defender Harry Maguire.
Other matches to watch out for include Benfica hosting Barcelona for an Iberian derby, Sevilla visiting Wolfsburg, and a heavyweight bout between Juventus and Chelsea at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
“Victory leads you to more victories,” said Juve forward Alvaro Morata. “It was important to start the Champions League with a win. The line between losing, drawing, or winning is very thin but we are working well. We have to take the positive aspects and listen to the coach and the most experienced players.”
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UEFA Champions League broadcast details, 28-29 September 2021
All times CAT
Tuesday 28 September
18:45: Ajax v Besiktas – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport Maximo 2
18:45: Shakhtar Donetsk v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
21:00: PSG v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 2
21:00: RB Leipzig v Club Brugge – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
21:00: Porto v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 1
21:00: AC Milan v Atletico Madrid – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1
21:00: Borussia Dortmund v Sporting CP – LIVE on SuperSport Action
21:00: Real Madrid v Sheriff – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
Wednesday 29 September
18:45: Atalanta v Young Boys – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1
18:45: Zenit v Malmo – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport Maximo 2
21:00: Bayern Munich v Dynamo Kiev – LIVE on SuperSport Action
21:00: Benfica v Barcelona – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and SuperSport Maximo 2
21:00: Manchester United v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 360
21:00: Salzburg v Lille – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2
21:00: Wolfsburg v Sevilla – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga
21:00: Juventus v Chelsea – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1 and SuperSport Maximo 1