Champions League-Europa League return: Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd, Rangers & Wolves in action

There are 26 Champions League and Europa League matches to be played between 5-23 August

The Premier League season is over in England, with the 2020-21 Premiership just under way in Scotland – but the race for major 2019-20 European club honours is about to restart.

After a five-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Champions League and Europa League resume this week with lots of British interest.

While Manchester City and Chelsea compete in the Champions League, Manchester United, Wolves and Rangers are still in the Europa League.

With 26 games over two and a half weeks, it is a feast of European football – and Juventus’ five-time Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, four times a winner with Barcelona, will both feature.

It all culminates with the Champions League final in Lisbon on 23 August, two days after the Europa League final in Cologne.

Where are we up to?

The last Champions League matchday on 11 March proved dramatic, as holders Liverpool were eliminated by Atletico Madrid and Paris St-Germain overcame Borussia Dortmund to move into the quarter-finals.

Atletico and PSG joined Champions League debutants Atalanta and German side RB Leipzig in the last eight.

There are still four last-16 ties to be completed, including Manchester City against record 13-time winners Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola’s side are 2-1 up going into Friday’s second leg at Etihad Stadium (20:00 BST), as the Premier League runners-up try to win the competition for the first time.

On the same evening, Italian champions Juventus will attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Ligue 1 side Lyon in Turin.

The quarter-final line-up will be completed on Saturday. Chelsea are away to Bayern Munich (20:00), with the Bundesliga winners firm favourites to progress after a commanding 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

The other match between La Liga runners-up Barcelona and Serie A’s Napoli at the Nou Camp is poised at 1-1 after the first leg.


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