Barcelona Champions League group opponents in focus

Barcelona might be the dominant force in Spain, but they have not been able to convert that form onto the continent.

The Catalan giants have fallen short in the Champions League in each of the past three seasons, with their great rivals Real Madrid enjoying success on the continent.

Ernesto Valverde will be desperate to set the record straight this year, with key names like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique entering the latter stages of their career.

Barcelona are one of the favourites to go all the way – and will be pretty happy with their group.

Here is all you need to know about Barcelona’s group stage draw…

Group B

  • Barcelona
  • Tottenham
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Inter Milan


To be confirmed.

  • Fixtures subject to change

Opponents in focus


How did they get there?

Spurs finished third in the Premier League to book their place in the Premier League.

Star man

Harry Kane is one of the most feared strikers is Europe and will be looking to take his World Cup form into the Champions League.

Notable summer transfers

Tottenham did not sign a single player during the summer – but did not let any of their big names leave.

PSV Eindhoven

How did they get there?

Pipped Ajax to win the Eredivisie title before seeing off BATE Borisov in qualifying.

Star man

Hirving Lozano was linked with a host of big-name clubs but opted to stay in Eindhoven. His performances in Russia were superb and the Mexican has started the season in similar form.

Notable summer transfers

Angelino has come in from Manchester City while PSV swooped for Nick Viergever from Ajax. Santiago Arias left for Atletico Madrid.

Inter Milan

How did they get there?

It is more than a half-decade since Inter Milan qualified for the UEFA Champions League but in the last game of their season they scored twice in the final 13 minutes to beat fifth-placed Lazio and advance via the top four in Serie A via head-to-head record.

Star man

Ivan Perisic had a stunning World Cup with Croatia, scoring in the semi-final and final, and has been repeatedly linked away this summer to some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Bayern Munich.

Goalkeeper Handanovic is a solid first-team player between the sticks and Asamoah on the wing is also lively.

Notable summer transfers

Sime Vrsaljko – a strong Croatian full-back who never stops and has great crossing ability. Stefan De Vrij – a solid centre-back who joined Inter on a free transfer. Radja Nainggolan – a highly-rated Belgian midfielder never short of a tackle.

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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