All eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski as Bayern Munich aim to conquer Europe once again
All eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski as Bayern Munich aim to conquer Europe once again

Bayern Munich won the Champions League two seasons ago and will be expecting to go all the way once again.

They have strengthened their team this summer by plundering French defender Dayot Upamecano and Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer from domestic rivals RB Leipzig.

Bayern’s main challengers in Group E are Barcelona but recent events at the Catalan club — including the loss of talisman Lionel Messi — make their last Champions League triumph in 2014-15 feel like it was in the distant past.

Like Barca, Benfica will be feeling down on their luck after they finished outside the Primeira Liga’s top two places for the first time in over a decade.

Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv finish off the group with a squad of mostly domestic players — including stars like Mykola Shaparenko, who helped their country reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.

Champions League Group E fixtures

Check back throughout the group stage for the latest results and match reports

Tuesday September 14

Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich

Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica

Wednesday September 29

Benfica 3-0 Barcelona

Bayern Munich 5-0 Dynamo Kyiv

Wednesday October 20

Barcelona 1-0 Dynamo Kyiv

Benfica 0-4 Bayern Munich

Tuesday November 2

Dynamo Kyiv 0-1 Barcelona

Bayern Munich 5-2 Benfica

Tuesday November 23

Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Bayern Munich

Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Wednesday December 8

Benfica vs Dynamo Kyiv

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona

Jorge Jesus and Benfica will look to put a disappointing third-place Primeira Liga finish behind this season
Jorge Jesus and Benfica will look to put a disappointing third-place Primeira Liga finish behind this season

Key fixture: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich

A shocking 8-2 capitulation at the hands of Bayern will live with Barcelona for a long time.

That heavy loss to the German outfit in the 2019-20 Champions League quarter-finals has been a symbol of Blaugrana’s fall from the summit of European football.

Die Roten rubbed salt in Barca’s wounds that night, when Philippe Coutinho — on loan from the Catalans at the time — scored the German side’s seventh and eighth goals.

Barcelona will be hoping they can get some revenge for that scoreline when they face Bayern at the Camp Nou in what should be a thrilling start to the group.

One to watch: Alphonso Davies

Speed merchant Alphonso Davies will be aiming to break forward as often as possible in Group E
Speed merchant Alphonso Davies will be aiming to break forward as often as possible in Group E

Canadian international Alphonso Davies burst onto the scene two seasons ago at Bayern, making the UEFA Team of the Year in 2020 after helping his side win the Champions League.

The attacking left-back was born in Ghana and lived in Liberia before moving to Canada as a refugee when he was five.

He made his debut for Canada when he was just 16 — becoming the country’s youngest-ever player.

Davies joined Bayern from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2018 for a then-record MLS transfer fee of £16million including add-ons.

The 20-year-old has been worth every penny to FCB after racking up a total of 88 appearances in all competitions for the Bavarian outfit.

Breakout star: Pedri

Pedri enjoyed a sensational 2020-21 campaign for both club and country
Pedri enjoyed a sensational 2020-21 campaign for both club and country

Barcelona midfielder Pedri is the next big thing in Spanish football.

The club’s famed La Masia academy might not be creating as many elite youth players as before but when Barca can sign stars of Pedri’s talent, perhaps it does not have to.

The 18-year-old started his career at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

He played a full season in the Segunda Division at the age of just 16 before being signed by the Blaugrana.

Pedri featured in almost every game for Barcelona last season and has already represented his country ten times at senior level.

The Spanish youngster certainly had a summer to remember — being named in the Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament, before heading to Tokyo and winning an Olympic silver medal with the Under-23s.

LiveScore verdict

Bayern Munich 
Barcelona 
Benfica 
Dynamo Kyiv

This is Bayern Munich’s group to lose.

They will be expected to finish top of the table, especially given Barcelona’s tumultuous summer.

But despite Barca’s struggles, they still have enough quality to finish second above Benfica.

The Portuguese side’s squad is not as strong as it was a few seasons ago and they will most likely be battling it out with Dynamo Kyiv for third place and a spot in the Europa League knockout rounds.

All information correct as of 10am, September 6, 2021

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