The Champions League returns

The Champions League returns

The Blaugrana travel to Germany for the opening game of the 2019/20 Champions League group stage

FC Barcelona travel to Dortmund looking for a positive result to give them a perfect start to life in UEFA Champions League Group F.

How to follow the game live

The match kicks off at 8.00pm CEST. A list of broadcasters can be found here and these are the timetables for the rest of the world.

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The Rival

Stadium: Signal Iduna Park
Coach: Lucien Favre
Bundesliga Record (2019/20): P4 W3 D0 L1 F13 A5
Former Blaugranas in the squad: Paco Alcácer

Last time we met

It’s been 22 long years since Barça last met Borussia Dortmund, and that's the only time we've played each other in official competition. Back on January 8, 1997, a 2-0 win at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Super Cup final first leg, with goals from Luis Enrique and Rivaldo, handed Barça the advantage.

The second leg, over two months later on March 11, saw Barça earn a 1-1 draw at the Westfalenstadion, Giovanni’s eighth minute opener cancelled out by Heinrich’s 64th minute leveller.

Therefore, the Blaugranes triumphed 3-1 on aggregate to take home the trophy.

Interesting stats and facts

There have been more than two goals scored in each of Barça’s last three Champions League fixtures.

Barça are unbeaten in their last 14 Champions League Group Stage games (W10 D4), and have lost just one of their last 28 at this stage of the competition, away at Man City in November 2016 (1-3).

Dortmund have only won two of their last eight Champions League home matches (D2 L4).

Paco Alcácer has already scored 5 goals this season, putting him second only to Robert Lewandowski (7) in the Bundesliga scoring charts.

Both teams are the top scorers in their respective leagues in 2019/20. Barça have scored 12 goals and Dortmund have 13.

The squad

Ernesto Valverde named a 22 man squad for Tuesday night’s encounter.

The list is as follows: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Todibo, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, M. Wague, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, Aleñá, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Junior, Iñaki Peña, C. Pérez and Ansu Fati

O. Dembélé and Umtiti miss out due to injury.

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