After Chelsea and Atletico Madrid reached an agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa back to Spain last week, it seems fitting that less than seven days later, the Blues will make the trip to Atleti’s new Wanda Metropolitano for Matchday Two of UEFA Champions League football.
Costa’s replacement at Stamford Bridge, Alvaro Morata, has already taken to life in West London with some ease, bagging six league goals in as many games, including a hatrick at the weekend, and he’ll be more than keen to stake a claim here, with his predecessor likely to be watching in the stands, and given his previous stint with Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid, he’s unlikely to receive the best welcome in the Group C clash.
Speaking of clashes with connections, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid meet at the Signal Iduna Park, just as they did at this stage last season, in Group H, and with both teams having a reputation for always bothering the back of the net, a drab affair looks out of the question.
Paris Saint-Germain’s credentials on whether they’re good enough to win the elite competition faces a strong test on Wednesday, as the big-spending Parisians welcome Bayern Munich to the Parc des Princes, with both sides probably still reeling from dropping points in their respective domestic outings at the weekend.
In other games, Manchester United travel to CSKA Moscow in Group A, while their city rivals host Shakhtar. In Group F, Barcelona take their goal-scoring mood with them to Sporting Lisbon in Group D, which includes Juventus, and the Bianconeri host Olympiacos as they seek to recover from their Matchday One setback.
CSKA Moscow v Manchester United
Basel v Benfica
PSG v Bayern Munich
Anderlecht v Celtic
Qarabag v Roma
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Juventus v Barcelona
Sporting CP v Barcelona
Spartak Moscow v Liverpool
Sevilla v Maribor
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli v Feyenoord
Monaco v Porto
Besiktas v RB Leipzig
Tottenham v APOEL
Dortmund v Real Madrid