Champions League guide to Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen

Following the draw in Monaco, we guide you through the sides that make up Group B

Click to follow
The Independent Football

Team-by-team guide to the sides that make up Group B in this season's Champions League...

REAL MADRID

The most successful club in Champions League history have now been without the trophy for 11 years and will be hoping that new-manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pedigree in the competition will end their drought. The La Liga runners-up enter the competition after a summer of heavy investment and will look to better their semi-final appearance from last season.

Key Player – Cristiano Ronaldo: The 2008 Ballon d’Or winner has 35 goals in 40 European games for Madrid and will be looking to add to his tally in this years competition.

Manager – Carlo Ancelotti: The Italian, who is beginning his first season with Real Madrid, has four Champions League winners medals; two as a player and two as a coach.

Champions League Best Finish: Nine-time winners- 1956,1957,1958,1959,1960,1966,1998,2000,2002

Did you know?: When midfielder Xabi Alonso met new manager Carlo Ancelotti, the first thing his boss said was “you owe me a Champions League trophy” in reference to Liverpool’s penalty shoot-out win over an AC Milan team managed by Ancelotti in 2005.

 

JUVENTUS

Introduction– Since their match fixing scandal and subsequent relegation to the lower Italian leagues, Juventus have firmly reclaimed their place at the top of Italian football. Last season they won their second successive league title and The Supercoppa Italiana. However, they fell slightly short in the Champions League and were knocked out in the quarter finals. With the additions of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente they will be looking to improve this time around.

Key player – Carlos Tevez (Argentina): A bullish centre forward with an eye for the spectacular, Tevez will be looking to put his difficult time at Manchester City behind him. Tevez was embroiled in a scandal with the club following a refusal to play last season. However, he will be looking to put it behind him this season.

Manager – Antonio Conte (Italy): Conte was an extremely successful player during his time at Juventus, winning the Italian league on five occasions. As a coach, he is a two time winner of the competition and has also won the Supercoppa Italiana.

Champions League best finish: Champions; 1984–85 & 1995–96

Did you know? Juventus have been runners up five times in the competition, which is a shared record with Bayern Munich.

 

GALATASARAY

The Turkish champions will hope their investment in the likes of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder will continue to deliver success after they clinched their second consecutive domestic title last season. After a brave quarterfinal exit to Real Madrid in the previous Champions League campaign, the side from Istanbul will be aiming for another strong season.

Key Player – Didier Drogba: Scorer of the winning penalty in the 2012 shoot-out, the Ivorian powerhouse has 40 Champions League goals to his name.

Manager – Fatih Terim: Former club-captain Terim has recently been made Turkey national coach alongside his role at Galatasaray.

Champions League best finish: Semi-Final 1989

 

FC COPENHAGEN

The loss of player of the year Andreas Cornelius to Cardiff City is a huge blow to the ten-time Danish Champions who are captained by former West Ham and Blackburn defender Lars Jacobsen. This will be the Danes third appearance in four seasons in the Champions League. They previously faced Premier League side Chelsea in the group stage in 2010/11.

Key Player – Marvin Pourie: Brought in to replace departed striker Cornelius, young prospect Pourie played for the Liverpool academy before making his name at Danish side Silkeborg.

Manager – Stale Solbakken: After a nightmare spell in charge of Wolves in 2012, Solbakken has returned to the club where he finished his playing career.

Champions League best finish: Round of 16 2010/11

Comments