Barcelona commence their journey in the 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League today with a home fixture against Royal Antwerp, determined to rebound from their disappointing performance in the previous season’s competition.
In the prior season, Barcelona faced elimination during the group stages, but there is a prevailing sense of optimism permeating Xavi’s team as they aim for a more promising campaign this year. The home side approaches this match with renewed confidence following an impressive 5-0 triumph over Real Betis during the weekend.
Conversely, Tuesday’s match signifies Royal Antwerp’s maiden foray into the tournament’s group stage. The Belgian champions earned their spot in this phase by overcoming AEK Athens 3-1 on aggregate in the playoffs.