Real Madrid Champions League group opponents in focus

Real Madrid will be gunning for a fourth Champions League trophy in a row when they kick off their 2018/19 campaign next month.

Gareth Bale scored twice to fire the Spanish giants to victory over Liverpool in the final in Kiev in May.

It’s been change at the Bernabeu in the close season, with Julen Lopetegui replacing Zinedine Zidane at the helm and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Serie A winners Juventus.

However, Lopetegui’s men remain one of the favourites to be victorious at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium next year.

Here is all you need to know ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign…

Group A

  • Real Madrid
  • Roma
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Viktoria Plzen


September 19 – Real Madrid vs AS Roma (8PM)

October 2 – CSKA Moscow vs Real Madrid (8PM)

October 23 – Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen (8PM)

November 7 – Viktoria Plzen vs Real Madrid (8PM)

November 27 – AS Roma vs Real Madrid (8PM)

December 12 – Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow (5:55PM)

  • Fixtures subject to change

Opponents in focus


How did they get there?

A third placed finish in Serie A, with Roma watching on from afar as Juventus and Napoli battled it out at the summit.

Star man

Edin Dzeko is getting better with age and is becoming one of Serie A’s great goalscorers. Liverpool know all about this side after the Champions League semi-finals, of course.

Notable summer transfers

How long have you got? An entire team of first-team players arrived this summer, balanced out by several high-profile departures, including Alisson Becker. Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman also left Stadio Olimpico. New signings include Steven Nzonzi, Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert and Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

CSKA Moscow

How did they get there?

Just missed out on the Russian Premier League title to rivals Lokomotiv.

Star man

Alan Dzagoev is still leading the way while Mario Fernandes had an excellent World Cup.

Notable summer transfers

Aleksandr Golovin’s departure is sure to be felt. Nikola Vlasic has arrived on loan from Everton while Ahmed Musa is back from Leicester .

Viktoria Plzen

How did they get there?

They finished as champions of the Czech First League winning the first 14 games in a row and only losing four times across the campaign – beating teams such as Sparta Prague to the title.

Star man

Michal Kremcik scored 18 goals across all competitions and at 25 years old the Czech international will be the man up front to look out for.

Notable summer transfers

No major players left or came into the Plzen side over the summer with only a couple of free transfers around the midfield to report on.

Betting odds

Manchester City 9/2

Juventus 13/2

Barcelona 13/2

Paris St-G 7/1

Bayern Munich 8/1

Real Madrid 17/2

Liverpool 12/1

Atletico Madrid 12/1

Manchester Utd 20/1

Tottenham 25/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair

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