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United last won the UCL with a penalty shootout vic­tory over Chelsea back in 2008!

United were the first English club to be crowned cham­pi­ons of Europe in 1968!

Boss Mour­inho has won the UCL twice – once with Porto and once with In­ter Mi­lan! The £89m price tag doesn’t seem quite so hefty now – he's on fire! The Ar­me­nian's creativ­ity will be vi­tal against Europe's finest! The 19-year-old takes ev­ery­thing in his stride and will love the UCL!

Neuer, Alaba, Ribery, Muller, Rafinha and Robben all won the UCL with Bay­ern in 2013!

Carlo Ancelotti has won this comp five times – twice as a player and three times as a boss!

Bay­ern faced Dort­mund in an all-ger­man fi­nal in 2013 – the only time it's ever hap­pened! The pro­lific Pole has net­ted 40 goals in 61 UCL ap­pear­ances! Barca will al­ways re­gret let­ting this de­fence-split­ter leave! Billed as the new Philip Lahm, he weighs in with goals and as­sists!

In Drinkwa­ter and Cahill, they have just two English first team­ers – fewest of any Prem team!

They’re the only UCL hold­ers to go out in the group stages the fol­low­ing cam­paign – 2012-13!

They didn’t make their first ap­pear­ance un­til 1999 – but have been in­volved 13 times since! His abil­ity to make things hap­pen will be cru­cial in the big games! The young Dan­ish de­fender is show­ing he's got what it takes! This Samba star loves bag­ging sick free-kicks at key mo­ments!

Their tri­umph in 1985 made them the first club to win all three ma­jor UEFA club comps!

De­spite win­ning 22 tro­phies, Gian­luigi Buf­fon has never won the UCL and has lost three fi­nals!

Mario Mandzu­kic won UEFA’S 2017 Goal of the Sea­son with his epic strike in last term’s fi­nal! He’s bagged tons in Serie A and has years of UCL ex­pe­ri­ence! The France star has strength­ened an al­ready solid cen­tral mid­field! Dy­bala has started the sea­son on fire – he wants the Golden Boot!

The Reds have been Euro­pean cham­pi­ons more than any other English team!

Jur­gen Klopp led Dort­mund to the UCL fi­nal in 2013 – but they lost 2-1 to Bay­ern at Wem­b­ley!

Group stage op­po­nents Sevilla beat The Reds 3-1 in the Europa League fi­nal in 2016! The Sene­galese speed­ster has taken his game to the next level! The Samba star needs to get the Liver­pool fans back on board! The per­fect goalscor­ing su­per­sub for a team to have up their sleeve!

• City reached the semis two years ago – apart from that, they’ve never gone be­yond the last 16! • Man. City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola won the UCL twice, when he was man­ager of Barcelona! • City’s home games will be played at the Eti­had – it's been their ground since 2003! KDB con­jures up as­sists at the drop of a hat – ca­pa­ble of magic! The 20-year-old's fin­ish­ing and move­ment can be vi­tal for City! His pace and trick­ery can cause car­nage against tired legs!

Their one fi­nal ap­pear­ance came against a Porto team led by Jose Mour­inho in 2004!

They're Euro gi­ant now, but their Stade Louis ground has the small­est ca­pac­ity in the UCL!

Last sea­son they put an end to PSG’S dom­i­na­tion of four Ligue 1 ti­tles in a row! The Colom­bian has started this sea­son like he fin­ished the last! Keep­ing hold of this solid mid­field en­forcer was cru­cial for Monaco! Show­cased his two-footed abil­ity in the Europa League last sea­son!

• Tot­ten­ham have won three Euro tro­phies – the UEFA Cup (twice) and the Cup Win­ners' Cup! • In 2010-11, Spurs be­came the first team to net two or more goals in every UCL group game! • Tot­ten­ham won just one of their Cham­pi­ons League matches at Wem­b­ley last sea­son – eek! Eng­land’s No.9 can prove to Europe that he's the real deal! Dele’s link-up play with Kane is al­ways mes­meris­ing to watch! The dead­line day sign­ing from Swansea has elite Euro pedi­gree!

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UNITED WE STAND The Red Devils won the UCL, Prem ti­tle and FA Cup in 1999! Can Jose Mour­inho lead United to more Euro glory? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: Europa League win­ners STA­DIUM: Old Traf­ford CA­PAC­ITY: 75,643 MAN­AGER: Jose Mour­inho UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Three-tim

BAY­ERN FOR BLOOD Mu­nich have won the last five Ger­man league ti­tles in a row! Can the Ger­man gi­ants win their first UCL ti­tle since 2013? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 1st, Bun­desliga STA­DIUM: Al­lianz Arena CA­PAC­ITY: 75,000 MAN­AGER: Carlo Ancelotti UCL BEST FIN­ISH:

BLUE ARE YA? Chelsea won last term's Prem ti­tle by seven points! Can Conte rally his troops for a Champo League chal­lenge? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 1st, Premier League STA­DIUM: Stam­ford Bridge CA­PAC­ITY: 41,841 MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Conte UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Win­ners, 2

JU BEAU­TIES Ju­ven­tus won this com­pe­ti­tion in 1985 and 1996! Can The Old Lady reach a sec­ond suc­ces­sive fi­nal? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 1st, Serie A STA­DIUM: Al­lianz Sta­dium CA­PAC­ITY: 41,507 MAN­AGER: Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Two-time win­ners 3 FUN

FOURTH SPOT Liver­pool booked their UCL place on the fi­nal day of last term! Can The Reds add UCL No.6 to their tro­phy cab­i­net? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 4th, Premier League STA­DIUM: An­field CA­PAC­ITY: 54,074 MAN­AGER: Jur­gen Klopp UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Five-time winne

CITY SLICKERS Pep's men went out to Monaco on away goals last sea­son! They have a top-notch squad and boss – it's time to make his­tory! HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 3rd, Premier League STA­DIUM: Eti­had Sta­dium CA­PAC­ITY: 55,097 MAN­AGER: Pep Guardi­ola UCL BEST FIN­ISH

LIGUE OF THEIR OWN Monaco won 30 of their 38 league games last cam­paign! Can a new-look Monaco team re­build and im­press again? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 1st, Ligue 1 STA­DIUM: Stade Louis II CA­PAC­ITY: 18,523 MAN­AGER: Leonardo Jardim UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Run­ners-up 3

HOT SPURS Tot­ten­ham lost just four league games last sea­son! Can stut­ter­ing Spurs get over their Wem­b­ley curse? HOW THEY QUAL­I­FIED: 2nd, Premier League STA­DIUM: Wem­b­ley (90,000) MAN­AGER: Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino UCL BEST FIN­ISH: Semi-fi­nals 3 FUN FACTS REAL M

GROUP D TUES­DAY, 7.45PM NOU CAMP Wow – this is the sort of match you ex­pect in the knock­outs, not the groups! The Ital­ians thumped Barca 3-0 in the quar­ters on the way to the fi­nal last sea­son – the Spa­niards are out for re­venge! DID YOU KNOW? Juve might

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