What Are the Toughest Grounds to Play at In Champions League?

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By Football Tripper
Last Updated: November 23, 2021

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The Champions League brings the best teams from around Europe together, it is also a great chance for supporters to visit some new stadiums across the continent.

We’ve looked at the toughest grounds for opposing teams to play at and what makes them so hostile.

Anfield

Liverpool have had some great nights in the Champions League over the last few years and one of the reasons they do so well is due to their home supporters. They are like a 12th man to their team.

The 2018/19 Champions League winners are among the strongest contenders for the trophy again this season. They are +550 in the latest Champions League odds, behind only Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG respectively.

Liverpool have won both of their opening home games in their group and they are likely to be popular Paddy Power Champions League tips for their remaining home games in the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated AC Milan 3-2, while they were victorious over Atletico Madrid in what was an impressive result for the Premier League club.

One of the best examples of how Liverpool are unstoppable at times at home came three seasons ago when they had a 0-3 deficit to overcome against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi-final tie. They prevailed 4-0 at home, progressing through to the final. It ranks as one of the best comebacks in the history of the competition.

Celtic Park

Both Glasgow teams in Scotland have fantastic support at their home grounds. Celtic were the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967 so they have some great history in Europe’s premier competition.

Celtic have had wins over Manchester United, Barcelona and AC Milan in the Champions League since the turn of the new millennium. All three of those sides were leading powerhouses in Europe at the time and, on paper, should have prevailed. It was the home crowd at Celtic Park which galvanized their side to produce those upsets.

Unfortunately for Celtic fans, their side have not qualified for the group stages of the Champions League since 2017. They will be hoping to get back there next season. The Green Hoops are second in their domestic league behind rivals Rangers. Whoever does prevail in the battle for the title, will also go straight in the Champions League qualification play-off round.

San Siro

The San Siro in Milan is one of Italy’s most iconic stadiums. It was built in 1926 and since then it has held World Cup matches, European Championship games and it is the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Both Milan clubs have been two of the biggest clubs in Europe. Between them they have won the European Cup 10 times, four of those victories have come in the Champions League era.

Visiting the San Siro can be intimidating for opposition players. It is very loud inside the stadium and there are lots of flags and banners behind both goals. If you have never been before, it is a real treat for away fans as there aren’t many stadiums at the highest level with this amount of character anymore.

Hopefully you get the chance to visit all three of the above stadiums at some point in the Champions League so you can see for yourself what makes them so special.

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By Football Tripper
Last Updated: November 23, 2021

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