Real Madrid and Manchester City are set to kick off their Champions League campaigns Tuesday at 2:45 PM EST at Camp Nou in Madrid. The match is easily the biggest of the first day of group play, and arguably one of the most highly anticipated games of the entire season. Real Madrid enter the match having already lost two La Liga matches. Mourinho’s side will be looking to reverse their tumultuous start. Manchester City, meanwhile, are in fourth place in the Premier League, two two points behind the leader. If you can’t make it to a pub to watch the Champions League match, you can live stream Real Madrid v Manchester City online at websites like ATDHE.

Manchester City v Real Madrid

Heres some background on the group stage of the Champions League.

The 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage features 32 teams: the 22 automatic qualifiers and the 10 winners of the play-off round (five through the Champions Route, five through the League Route).

The teams are drawn into eight groups of four, and play each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are September 18th and 19th, October 2nd and 3rd, October 23rd and 24th, November  6th and 7th, November 20th and 21th, and December 4th and 5th.

The top two teams in each group advance to the first knockout round, while the third-placed teams drop down to the Europa League round of 32.

For the group stage draw, teams from the same national association cannot be drawn against each other. Moreover, the draw is controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage.

The fixtures are decided after the draw. On each matchday, four groups play their matches on Tuesday, while the other four groups play their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) alternating between each match day. There are other restrictions, e.g. teams from the same city (e.g. Manchester United and Manchester City) in general do not play at home on the same matchday (UEFA tries to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days), and Russian teams do not play at home on the last matchday due to cold weather.

Champions League Group Play Format

Heres some background on the group stage of the Champions League.

The 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage features 32 teams: the 22 automatic qualifiers and the 10 winners of the play-off round (five through the Champions Route, five through the League Route).

The teams are drawn into eight groups of four, and play each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays are September 18th and 19th, October 2nd and 3rd, October 23rd and 24th, November 6th and 7th, November 20th and 21th, and December 4th and 5th.

The top two teams in each group advance to the first knockout round, while the third-placed teams drop down to the Europa League round of 32.

For the group stage draw, teams from the same national association cannot be drawn against each other. Moreover, the draw is controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage.

The fixtures are decided after the draw. On each matchday, four groups play their matches on Tuesday, while the other four groups play their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) alternating between each match day. There are other restrictions, e.g. teams from the same city (e.g. Manchester United and Manchester City) in general do not play at home on the same matchday (UEFA tries to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days), and Russian teams do not play at home on the last matchday due to cold weather.