The current holder of the UEFA Champions League title, Manchester City, will kick off their 2023/24 campaign on Tuesday, September 19, at 4:00 PM on English soil, facing Serbia’s Red Star. Their goal is to attempt something that only Real Madrid has achieved in the last 30 years.
Since 1991, only the Spaniards have been able to consecutively win the continental title, with Real Madrid stacking up trophies in the 2015/2016 season against Atletico Madrid, 2016/2017 against Juventus, and 2017/2018 against Liverpool.
Excluding Real Madrid, the last team to replicate the feat of winning consecutive Champions League editions was Milan. The Italian team emerged victorious in the 1988/1989 season against Steaua Bucharest and the 1989/1990 season against Benfica.
In the 2023/24 edition, Manchester City will face not only Red Star but also Germany’s RB Leipzig and Switzerland’s Young Boys in this stage of the UEFA Champions League group phase.
Manchester City has been having an impeccable season so far, with five wins and two draws in seven matches, leading the Premier League with 15 points, two more than the second-placed Tottenham.
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