Monday, 16 September 2019

Barcelona's 16-year-old wonderkid, German football's next big thing and Atletico Madrid's £113m man.

The Champions League makes a welcome return this week with some mouth-watering fixtures to look forward to even on matchday one of the group stage.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid, Napoli vs Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona and Atletico Madrid vs Juventus are some of the opening highlights in the elite continental competition.

Each season, there are a number of breakout stars who make a big impact in the Champions League and this edition will be no exception.

We take a closer look at 10 names that could be up in lights this time around.

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
There won't be many football fans in Europe yet to hear about the promise of Joao Felix but now the 19-year-old must take the next step and make an impact in the Champions League.


His only involvement in the competition proper came when he played 77 minutes for his old club Benfica against AEK Athens at the tail end of last season's group phase.

Now, following that jaw-dropping £113million summer transfer to Atletico Madrid, Felix will very much get his chance.

The teenager, who scored 20 goals and contributed 11 assists in all competitions for Benfica last season, has made a solid start to life in the Spanish capital.

But he'll have to produce a few moments of magic if Atletico are to negotiate a tricky group stage alongside Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.


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