Expect the Unexpected - The UEFA Champions League returns

Expect the Unexpected - The UEFA Champions League returns

Date: 18 January 2017 01:43

Goal has teamed up with Nissan to get you closer to the action than ever before as our team of club correspondents welcome you behind the scenes of th

The 2015-16 season saw the football world turned on its head. 

They said there could be no more shocks. Globalisation, unprecedented TV deals and the stockpiling of talent like never before had made the stuff of fairytales all but extinct from the modern game. 

But Leicester City refused to buy into it. And so did Portugal. First the Foxes claimed perhaps the most unlikely league title in European football history and then, just weeks later, a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal stunned hosts France at Euro 2016.

European football is once again ready to Expect the Unexpected and the UEFA Champions League will provide the great setting against which the most romantic of scriptwriters will be itching to plot yet more heroic surprise endings.

The competition kicked off on Tuesday with a Barcelona masterclass as they swept Celtic aside 7-0 while PSG played out a competitive 1-1 draw with Arsenal in Paris. 

Anderson Talisca returned to Lisbon to haunt his former club, Benfica, with a last-minute equaliser for his new club, Besiktas, and belting rain meant Pep Guardiola's Manchester City had to wait an extra 24 hours to kick-off their quest for glory.

Wednesday sees Leicester make their bow, in Brugge, while reigning champions Real Madrid begin their hunt for a 12th UCL crown by hosting Sporting in the Spanish capital. 

Tottenham, meanwhile, return to the group stage to welcome Monaco to London and Italian heavyweights Juventus face off against the reigning Europa League champions, Sevilla.

And Goal has teamed up with Nissan to ensure you join us every step of the way. We’ll be taking you closer to the action than ever before as our team of club correspondents provide unprecedented access to the Champions League.
 
From PSG and Barcelona to Manchester City and Real Madrid, our eye witnesses will bring you an exclusive Instagram story throughout Tuesday to welcome you behind-the-scenes of the biggest stage of all. Also, stay tuned to the Goal International Facebook page for all the best VIP Matchday footage.


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