Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea begin their Champions League defence this evening
Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea begin their Champions League defence this evening

It has been 108 days since Chelsea downed Manchester City in last season’s Champions League final — and tonight will see the 2021-22 group stage kick-off.

We look ahead to a busy evening of action with match previews, player features and the latest news all on offer to keep you up to speed on Europe’s premier competition.

Champions League returns

The Champions League is back on our screens this midweek with 16 clashes scheduled across the next two evenings.

Our comprehensive statistical preview to this evening’s action gives you the key facts and stats on Tuesday’s eight matches.

Read more: Barca eye Bayern revenge, holders Chelsea kick-off campaign

We also put a trio of tonight’s games under the microscope.

Reigning champions Chelsea begin their defence with what appears a kind home clash against Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg — but which visiting stars should Blues boss Thomas Tuchel keep a close eye on?

Read more: Zenit dangermen can upset the odds against Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to reach yet another landmark this evening
Cristiano Ronaldo will hope to reach yet another landmark this evening

In the early clash, Manchester United are in Switzerland to take on Young Boys with Cristiano Ronaldo on the verge of adding yet another record to his collection.

Read more: Record-breaking Ronaldo out to end United's European pain

Finally, we take a look at the key tactical battles in the evening’s standout fixture, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich set to do battle at the Camp Nou.

Read more: Barcelona Bayern for blood in European showdown

As well as all of the above, we also run the rule over five of the most exciting young talents that you need to keep on your radar throughout this season’s competition.

Read more: Five youngsters ready to set the Champions League alight

Before you go

Stick with LiveScore for all the key post-match reaction from tonight’s games and breaking news stories from around the footballing world.

Other sports are covered in great detail too, meaning fans of cricket, golf, boxing and more can get their fix.

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