The UEFA Youth League kicks off on Tuesday with the first games in the UEFA Champions League path group stage – which mirrors the fixtures in the senior competition.
Groups and opening games
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Porto v FC København
Group H: Juventus v Sevilla, Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb
Where to watch
Four games each week will be centrally-produced by UEFA, televised by the UEFA Youth League rights holders and streamed on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv in unsold territories (with highlights to follow in all territories).
Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach (16:00CEST)
Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal (18:00CEST)
Juventus v Sevilla (16:00CEST)
Real Madrid v Sporting CP (18:00CEST)
What to watch
• While Chelsea, who have won the competition for the last two years, are not involved this term, Barcelona are aiming to repeat their success in the inaugural season of 2013/14 – when they beat Celtic home and away in the group stage.
• Last season's runners-up Paris will hope for better luck against Arsenal than in their previous meeting with London opposition, a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the 2016 final.
• Sevilla overcame Juventus 1-0 home and away last autumn, the key factor in them finishing second in their group, five points ahead of the Turin side.
• Basel also have good memories of playing Ludogorets in 2014/15 as they triumphed 5-0 away and 6-0 at home.
• Bayern have gone out in the group stage in all three previous seasons.
• Two of the three debutants Club Brugge and Leicester meet; Rostov are the other newcomers.
• The eight group winners will progress straight to the round of 16.
• The eight runners-up will go into the play-offs.
The eight Domestic Champions path survivors will be drawn at home to the eight UEFA Champions League path runners-up in one-off ties to decide the eight remaining round of 16 berths.
Knockout phase and final
The knockout phase, starting with the round of 16, will consist of single-leg ties.
• The semi-finals and the final will be played on 21 and 24 April respectively at the Colovray stadium opposite UEFA's Swiss headquarters in Nyon.
UEFA Champions League path matchday one: 13/14 September
UEFA Champions League path matchday two: 27/28 September
Domestic Champions path round one, first leg: 27/28 September
UEFA Champions League path matchday three: 18/19 October
Domestic Champions path round one, second leg: 18/19 October
UEFA Champions League path matchday four: 1/2 November
Domestic Champions path round two, first leg: 1/2 November
UEFA Champions League path matchday five: 22/23 November
Domestic Champions path round two, second leg: 22/23 November
UEFA Champions League path matchday six: 6/7 December
Knockout dates (all games one leg)
Play-off draw: 12 December
Play-offs: 7/8 February
Knockout draw (round of 16 onwards): 13 February
Round of 16: 21/22 February
Quarter-finals: 7/8 March
Semi-final: 21 April, Nyon
Final: 24 April, Nyon
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