There are 32 teams that made it to the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, but only 16 of them will survive when the groups are settled by Nov. 2.
Each of the eight groups will send the top two finishers to the Champions League knockout rounds in February 2023. The first-place teams will be drawn against second-place teams for that Round of 16 draw on Nov. 7.
The third-place teams in the Champions League group stage get a consolation prize: a spot in the knockout round playoffs of the second-tier Europa League tournament, where they will have to battle Europa League group runners-up for the right to enter that tournament’s Round of 16.
Real Madrid won the Champions League last season and will face stiff competition from the likes of deep-pocketed clubs like Manchester City, PSG, and Chelsea. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Juventus hope they’ve done enough to reinforce their squads during the summer to make a run for the title.
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How to watch Champions League in USA
We’ve reached the halfway point of the UEFA Champions League group stage and some teams can’t afford to drop results any longer.
On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Juventus and Chelsea, who both need home victories in order to get back on track to qualify as one of the top two teams in their respective group. German side RB Leipzig are in last place in their group and their home match against Celtic is must-win.
Inter Milan now have the edge over FC Barcelona for the second spot in their group after beating the Blaugrana at home. Ajax are essentially playing for third place in Group A after a 6-1 loss to Napoli, while Rangers are on the cusp of elimination after another shutout loss to Liverpool.
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Wednesday, October 5
|12:45 p.m.||RB Salzburg vs. Dinamo Zagreb||—||ViX, ViX+, Paramount+|
|12:45 p.m.||RB Leipzig vs. Celtic Glasgow||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Vix+, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Chelsea vs. AC Milan||—||ViX, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Juventus vs. Maccabi Haifa||—||ViX+, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Benfica vs. PSG||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, ViX+, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund||—||ViX+, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk||—||ViX+, Paramount+|
|3 p.m.||Man City vs. FC Copenhagen||—||ViX+, Paramount+|
What channel is Champions League on in USA
|In English||In Spanish|
|TV Channels||CBS, CBS Sports
|Live Streams||Paramount+, fuboTV||ViX, ViX+, fuboTV|
The Champions League is carried by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish) in the USA.
In English: CBS streams every match on Paramount+, with select matches televised on CBS or CBS Sports Network. Those select televised matches will also stream on fuboTV.
The Golazo Show streamed on Paramount+ and televised on CBS Sports Network is a whiparound show that features live updates from all the matches as they happen.
In Spanish: Univision places select matches across its TV networks (Univision, TUDN, UniMas, and Galavision) and those televised matches are also streamed on fuboTV.
For the first time, a Spanish-language stream will be available for every match on ViX+ (subscription only), with select matches streaming for free on ViX.com.
Champions League schedule 2022-2023
The 2022-2023 Champions League season features a 32-team group stage with every team playing six matches. All six rounds will be completed by November 2, just before the break for the 2022 World Cup.
|1||Sept. 6-7, 2022|
|2||Sept. 13-14, 2022|
|3||Oct. 4-5, 2022|
|4||Oct. 11-12, 2022|
|5||Oct. 25-26, 2022|
|6||Nov. 1-2, 2022|
The top two teams from each Champions League group advance to the knockout rounds, beginning with the Round of 16. The teams that finished in first place will be drawn against teams that finished in second place in a draw that takes place on Nov. 7.
All 16 teams that make it to the knockouts will be dreaming of advancing all the way to the final which will be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on June 10, 2023.
|Round||1st Leg||2nd Leg|
|Round of 16||Feb. 14-22, 2023||Mar. 7-15, 2023|
|Quarterfinals||Apr. 11-12, 2023||Apr. 18-19, 2023|
|Semifinals||May 9-10, 2023||May 16-17, 2023|
|Final||June 10, 2023