The Champions League is BACK! The lowdown on the favorites, dark horses & breakout stars

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The biggest club competition in world football returns on Tuesday as the Champions League kicks off again, with defending champions Liverpool in action as well as a Barcelona team welcoming back Lionel Messi.

Eight matches begin the 2019-20 edition of the tournament, including some mouthwatering match-ups as Liverpool face a tricky trip to Napoli while Barcelona play Borussia Dortmund at the fabled Westfalenstadion.Elsewhere, last season’s sensations Ajax host Lille, Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg make the trip to France to play Lyon, while Frank Lampard will be in the dugout for his first Champions League game as Chelsea host Valencia.Wednesday night sees the opening round blockbuster clashes between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid and Juventus.Ahead of all the action, RT Sport gives you the lowdown on what you need to know.What are the groups again? There’s plenty of potential drama in store at the group stage some big-hitters face off.  Real Madrid, 13-time winners, have found themselves in Group A alongside PSG, Brugge and Galatasaray, while La Liga rivals Barcelona also look to have it hard in Group F with Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.Group D is a definite ‘Group of Death’ contender, featuring Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow – who could find themselves the whipping boys.Last year’s winners Liverpool open against Napoli but will also have easier-looking encounters against Genk and Salzburg. The full list of groups is here:     Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, GalatasarayGroup B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos, Red Star BelgradeGroup C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, AtalantaGroup D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv MoskvaGroup E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, GenkGroup F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia PragueGroup G: Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB LeipzigGroup H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, LilleWho are the favorites?Premier League pair Manchester City and Liverpool as well as Spanish giants Barcelona are the bookies’ favorites to win this year’s competition.Pep Guardiola’s City team fell to eventual finalists Tottenham in agonizing circumstances in the quarterfinals last season, but their expensively-assembled, star-studded squad is at around 7-2 to win the competition outright this time around – although they failed to impress in a shock 3-2 league defeat to Norwich at the weekend.Widely fancied with the bookies are a

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