13th September 2017
The Champions League is back, but who will be crowned the best club in Europe? This week, the European elite began their fight to win the prestigious title.
I’m really excited to work for UEFA again, for the third season running! I’ll be presenting live at Wembley and at The Etihad at both Tottenham and Manchester City’s home fixtures in the tournament. The atmosphere on a Champions League night is tense, nail biting, and loud, very loud.
Tonight, Wembley will be bouncing with around 90,000 fans, and I’ll be there to soak up the excitement and hopefully see Spurs kick start their group stage fixtures with a win over Dortmund.
Tottenham should see this as a huge opportunity to get points on the board after their opponents lost two of their starting defenders in their league match with Frieburg at the weekend. In fact, Dortmund have a reported SEVEN injury concerns heading into their clash with the London club.
Although their group is tough, Spurs should go into the game with confidence too off the back of their 3-0 league win over Everton, with Harry Kane getting his first two goals of the season. Let’s see if they can carry that momentum into the Champions League and it won’t be another case of being ‘trembly at Wembley’.
As for Manchester City, their first home tie isn’t for another fortnight, so this week, their European football sees them travel to Eredivisie champs Feyenoord. Off the back of City’s 5-0 demolition of 10 man Liverpool F.C in the Premier League at the weekend, I’m expecting the blues to go into their opening fixture with confidence.
Their Dutch opponents have not won a match in the Champions League proper in almost 16 years, but a word of warning, they did beat City’s neighbours – Manchester United, in the Europa League group stage last season.
I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to some European football and seeing how our British clubs get on this year! Chelsea F.C got off to a flying start last night scoring six, United were comfortable 3-0 winners, but Celtic will want to forget their 5-0 loss to the PSG superstars. Photos and opinions from all these matches and more are always on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages and you can follow my every move on my Instagram story too, come and say hello!