The Champions League is finally returning, and football fans around the world are eager to see their best clubs and players battle to compete for the trophy.
This year’s Champions League promises to be a thrilling competition with top teams such as Real Madrid, Liverpool, PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich battling for the trophy. It is expected to have high-stakes and exciting matches and the players will face pressure.
The last matches of the 2022-23 Champions League Group Stage went off on November 2, 2022. After that, all professional football took a break for the 2022 World Cup.
After a brief pause, the tournament returns on 14th February with a bang at the Round of 16. Teams will play the first legs of their Round of 16 matchups on Tuesday the 14th and Wednesday the 15th and Tuesday the 21st, and Wednesday the 22nd.
Teams that are left in 2022-23 UCL
The UCL schedule for 2023 looks like this:
Round of 16
- Leg 1: February 14, 15, 21, 22
- Leg 2: March 7, 8, 14, 15
- Draw for final eight bracket: March 17
- Leg 1: April 11, 12
- Leg 2: April 18, 19
- Leg 1: May 9, 10
- Leg 2: May 16, 17
- June 10
- Location: Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey
|Match*||1st Leg||2nd Leg|
|Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig||Feb. 22||March 14|
|Benfica vs. Club Brugge||Feb. 15||March 7|
|Real Madrid vs. Liverpool||Feb. 21||March 15|
|Tottenham vs. AC Milan||Feb. 14||March 8|
|Napoli vs. Eintracht Frankfurt||Feb. 21||March 15|
|Chelsea vs. Borussia Dortmund||Feb. 15||March 7|
|Porto vs. Inter Milan||Feb. 22||March 14|
|Bayern Munich vs. PSG||Feb. 14||March 8|
*Group winners listed first and will host the second leg.
When the Champions League comes back, Real Madrid will try to defend their championship after winning last year, Pep Guardiola will strive to complete his Man City trophy case with his first UCL since leaving Barcelona, and Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe will look to bring the trophy back to Paris after facing off in the World Cup Final.