The two most anticipated matches for September 18 are Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes, Paris, and Club Atletico de Madrid against Juventus from Italy at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid. Lastly, Chelsea made their return to Europe's top competition after a successful year in the Europa League, taking on Valencia in a tricky group.
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both had goals ruled out-Bale's a spectacular one at that-but Madrid was desperately poor before Thomas Meunier rounded off a superb move to make it 3-0 in injury time. It was a former Madrid player, Di Maria, who set PSG on its way, not only scoring twice, but playing with a verve and intelligence that meant he was always just out if reach of a Madrid defense missing the suspended Sergio Ramos.
"As you have seen in the Super Cup final and how well we performed in that game, and we can perform to those levels again on Sunday and hopefully it goes our way". Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.
Real, the 13-time European champions, are still favourites to advance from a section that includes Club Brugge and Galatasaray, who drew 0-0 in Belgium, but the nature of the loss underscored the work that lies ahead for coach Zinedine Zidane. Goals from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi had Juve dominating deep into the second half. "We have got a big game on Sunday and we are confident we can win the game".
Both sides trail Lokomotiv Moscow following the Russians' 2-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen. Nigeria's Peter Olayinka scored Slavia Prague's goal.
The Blues haven't won the Premier League title since Antonio Conte led Chelsea FC to 30 victories in a season in 2016-17. Barkley missed a penalty which hit the crossbar. "You have to perform at the right moment". We lost one game in eight months and we will not doubt who these players are.
But their hopes of transferring that form to European club football's top competition suffered an early blow with a 4-0 thrashing at Dinamo Zagreb.
The former Leicester City winger then turned provider for Gundogan to give Man City a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
Of the nine clubs to have played in the final since 2011, only Bayern Munich won this week _ also by 3-0 on Wednesday against a Red Star Belgrade team which had to come through four qualifying rounds.