Champions League schedule confirmed

Real Madrid begin the Champions League at home to Manchester City, whilst Barcelona welcome Unai Emery back to Spain on Matchday One.

The draw for the group stages of the competition was held earlier today, handing Los Blancos the trickiest looking selection.

Jose Mourinho’s men now know the fixture schedule and they will begin their quest to reach the final at home to Roberto Mancini’s City, before travelling to Ajax and then facing two matches in a row with Borussia Dortmund.

Barca, meanwhile, will host former Valencia Coach Emery’s new team Spartak Moscow in the first week of the competition proper, before then journeying to Benfica and then facing Celtic.

Valencia are the only Spanish side to start and end the group stage away from home as Matchday One sees them travel to last year’s runners-up Bayern Munich and Matchday Six sends them to France and to Lille.

Malaga, competing in the competition for the first time, begin and end their Group C campaign in front of their home crowd, whilst they face a double header in the middle against Milan.

Champions League selected group stage schedule

Group C

Malaga – Zenit – Tuesday September 18

Anderlecht – Malaga – Wednesday October 3

Malaga – Milan – Wednesday October 24

Milan – Malaga – Tuesday November 6

Zenit – Malaga – Wednesday November 21

Malaga – Anderlecht – Tuesday December 4

Group D

Real Madrid – Manchester City – Tuesday September 18

Ajax – Real Madrid – Wednesday October 3

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid – Wednesday October 24

Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund – Tuesday November 6

Manchester City – Real Madrid – Wednesday November 21

Real Madrid – Ajax – Tuesday December 4

Group F

Barcelona – Spartak Moscow – Wednesday September 19

Benfica – Barcelona – Tuesday October 2

Barcelona – Celtic – Tuesday October 23

Celtic – Barcelona – Wednesday November 7

Spartak Moscow – Barcelona – Tuesday November 20

Barcelona – Benfica – Wednesday December 5

Group G

Bayern Munich – Valencia – Wednesday September 19

Valencia – Lille – Tuesday October 2

BATE Borisov – Valencia – Tuesday October 23

Valencia – BATE Borisov – Wednesday November 7

Valencia – Bayern Munich – Tuesday November 20

Lille – Valencia – Wednesday December 5