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Champions League matchday two: what to get excited about!

UEFA Champions League matchday two is upon us – find out what is on the agenda with

Will Mohamed Salah still be smiling after Liverpool's trip to Napoli?
Will Mohamed Salah still be smiling after Liverpool's trip to Napoli? ©Getty Images

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made the headlines on matchday one, but who will be the stars of matchday two? Join us and find out!


Matchday two fixtures (21.00CET unless stated)

Tuesday 2 October
Group E: Bayern München v Ajax, AEK Athens v Benfica
Group F: Hoffenheim v Manchester City (18:55CET), Lyon v Shakhtar
Group G: CSKA Moskva v Real Madrid, Roma v Viktoria Plzeň
Group H: Juventus v Young Boys (18:55CET), Manchester United v Valencia

Wednesday 3 October
Group A: Atlético v Club Brugge, Dortmund v Monaco
Group B: Tottenham v Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven v Inter
Group C: Paris v Crvena zvezda (18:55CET), Napoli v Liverpool
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva v Schalke (18:55CET), Porto v Galatasaray

Three things to look out for this week

1) Can Napoli shackle the Reds? Carlo Ancelotti is yet to lose a UEFA game against Liverpool, having flourished with both AC Milan and Real Madrid (W3 D1). Will he prosper once more with his new side, or will Jürgen Klopp's charges build successfully on their matchday one win against Paris?

Antonio Valencia: will he really face Valencia?
Antonio Valencia: will he really face Valencia?©Getty Images

2) Valencia v Valencia! Ecuadorian right-back Antonio Valencia will come up against his namesakes for the first time if he is fielded in Manchester United's game at Mestalla. Juan Mata, meanwhile, can meet the side he represented between 2007 and 2011.

3) Tottenham playing catch-up against Barcelona. Having lost 2-1 at Inter Milan on matchday one, Spurs need points. Barcelona beat Spurs 2-1 on aggregate in the sides' lone previous meeting – a 1981/82 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final – and will look to mark Gerard Piqué's 100th #UCL game with another success.

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What's new for 2018/19?

This is the first season of staggered kick-off times during the UEFA Champions League group stage, with at least two games per night getting under way at 18:55CET. That's not to mention a fancy new brand identity, based on a concept called 'Highlighting moments that make the ultimate stage'.

What's not new?

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