An exciting Thursday afternoon in Monaco enabled Juventus to discover their destiny ahead of the official start of this season’s Champions League group stages.
Their Group B rivals – Real Madrid, Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen – will no doubt prove testing opposition when the group stages kick off on Tuesday 17 September, but for now all three sides will be focused on getting their respective 2013/14 domestic campaigns off on the right foot.
Turkish giants and reigning Super Lig champions Galatasaray will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they take on Eskisehirspor this evening.
Fatih Terim’s side, who currently trail league leaders Besiktas by two points, will hope to leapfrog their rivals in a 20.45 CET kick-off at the Eskişehir Atatürk Stadium.
Over in Spain, Real Madrid will be gunning to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season under new boss Carlo Ancelotti when they host Fernando Llorente’s former club, Atletico Bilbao, in a Sunday lunchtime kick-off at the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, last year’s Danish Superliga champions FC Copenhagen will be striving to breathe new life into a disappointing start to their title defence, during which they have picked up just three points from a possible 18.
Their recovery mission begins with tomorrow afternoon’s away trip to Viborg, where Ståle Solbakken’s men will aim to make inroads into the 13-point gap separating them and current table toppers Midtylland.