It has felt like a long two months without any UEFA Champions League football, but it is back. There are few better places to resume our Matchday Live show than at Celtic Park on Tuesday, where the Scottish champions host Juventus in the round of 16.
European football journalist Andy Brassell joins us on the panel along with our reporters at all four games in the competition this week. UEFA.com has been chatting to one of the heroes of Celtic FC's continental campaign, Fraser Forster, and we will hear from the goalkeeper ahead of kick-off in Glasgow.
No doubt the major talking point of the knockout stage draw in December was Real Madrid CF's pairing with Manchester United FC and the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo facing his former employers. The Portuguese forward hoped to be pitted against the team with whom he won the UEFA Champions League in 2008, and we have an interview with Madrid's No7 before our full match commentary from the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday's show.
With just two fixtures a night, it is going to be far easier for Andy and myself to actually see how teams are playing! The group stage is manic as we try to watch eight games simultaneously to update listeners on goals and big moments, a challenge not particularly helped by the unfathomable amount of flapjacks and tea we manage to get through during the four-hour show.
Even when viewing multiple matches, some players have clearly stood out. After he signed his new contract, it is going to be a pleasure to continue watching Isco in Málaga CF colours as their amazing European season continues. New FC Anji Makhachkala recruit Willian will be missed by FC Shakhtar Donetsk after his group stage exploits, while Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus have developed a great understanding in the Borussia Dortmund attack.
It will also be interesting to see how clubs incorporate their new players in the competition. Galatasaray AŞ's progress has been largely down to the industry of Burak Yılmaz, who has six goals in the competition, but their acquisition of two previous UEFA Champions League winners in Wesley Sniejder and Didier Drogba could alter their front line.
Drogba's former Chelsea FC team-mate Nicolas Anelka has joined Juventus for the rest of the campaign and David Beckham, having lifted the UEFA Champions League with Manchester United nearly 14 years ago, is back in Europe – this time in the colours of Paris Saint-Germain FC. Matchday Live has an exclusive interview with the ex-England captain, although he sits out the first leg.
We also hear from Ezequel Lavezzi, Jonas, Ernesto Valverde, Oliver Bierhoff, Alan Shearer, Gaizka Mendieta and many more. So follow @championsleague on Twitter and get your thoughts to us live on the show using #matchdaylive.
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