New Opponents and Old Friends – Meeting Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League Opponents

FC Barcelona have been drawn into one of the most challenging groups of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League season alongside the likes of Borrusia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague. Many have been bold enough to nickname Group F as the ‘Group of death’ in this season’s UEFA Champions League. 

Barcelona would be determined on proving a point this time around in Europe’s elite club competition after two miserable exits from the tournament at the hands of AS Roma and Liverpool. 

The Catalan side last won the competition in 2014/15 where they faced Juventus in the final and fairly won with a 3-1 scoreline. The Champions League has never been an easy tournament to manoeuvre, and Barcelona will find it more challenging than ever with the opponents they have been drawn against. 

Barcelona would be looking to add to their tally of five UEFA Champions League titles with their eternal rivals, Real Madrid already on thirteen. The 4th Official lists out Barcelona’s opponents for the group stage and their basic know-about.

Borrusia Dortmund

Borrusia Dortmund have been one of Europe’s most consistent team over the years. The German outfit came extremely close to winning the UEFA Champions League in 2012/13 season but lost to Bayern Munich in the finals. Dortmund would be determined to finish amongst the top two in this group at the very least. 

Barcelona and Borrusia Dortmund have never crossed paths in the UEFA Champions League before, and it will be one delightful fixture to watch. The two sides had however played against each other in the UEFA Super Cup in 1997.

Inter Milan 

Inter Milan have put in the extra hours in the summer break with some exciting additions to their squad in the form of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. The Italian side have been dominated heavily by Juventus in the Serie A since 2012 and are looking to announce their return to the very top of Italian football this season. 

Inter Milan and Barcelona have been drawn together in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League on two occasions previously. Their most recent meeting was last season where Barcelona managed to win the home fixture and draw the away fixture at the Guiseppe Meazza Stadium.

Slavia Prague

The battle will continue for Slavia Prague even into the main competition having been drawn in Group F or also known as the ‘Group of death’. The Czech club made their entry into the tournament by beating the Romanian side Cluj in the qualifying stages.

Barcelona and Slavia Prague have never met before competitively, and it will be the first time these two teams would go head to head in a competitive atmosphere. Slavia finished second in the Czech First League last season adrift of league leaders, Viktoria Plzen by 7 points. 

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