The Calm Before: Chelsea?s defense begins, a Bayern Munich-Barca rematch, and the other major storylines of MD1 in the UEFA Champions League - football

The Calm Before: Chelsea?s defense begins, a Bayern Munich-Barca rematch, and the other major storylines of MD1 in the UEFA Champions League



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The start of a new series looking at the biggest storylines of each match day Welcome to a new series from Bavarian Football Works we call ?The Calm Before? where we take a look at the at the biggest stories in the leagues we cover. They won?t just be stories about Bayern Munich ? sure, some weeks Bayern will be on here ? but they?ll be the most important storylines in the UEFA Champions League, the Bundesliga, and the DFB-Pokal as a whole.
Today, we kick off the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League with a slate of games that should be challenging, yet inviting for a number of reasons. We?ll start with the defending champions:

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Title Holders Chelsea begin to defend their crown
We shouldn?t forget the position Chelsea were in before the knockout stages began. Amid an identity and tactical crisis of sorts, they turned to former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel to lead their side forward. What they got in the second half was a resurgent side that rose up to finish 4th in the Premier League and come runners up in the FA Cup. But it was thanks to a Kai Havertz goal in the 42? that won Chelsea their second UEFA Champions League title. Now, they look to continue their dominance in Europe. Bolstered by new target man Romelu Lukaku and facing a relatively easy group (Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg, Malmö), the Blues look to start their ...
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