Each year, 32 teams dream of taking home the Champions League trophy. Each year, the journey starts with the first round.
The group stages have been drawn, and now we know who will face off in an attempt to get their title march underway. For some, the group stage represents an accomplishment in and of itself that symbolizes a rise to the elite of soccer. For others, it is but a stepping stone.
Either way, the best in Europe match up and provide insight into their form and skill. Here are the most enticing showdowns we will see before the direct elimination rounds.