The Champions League is back for its 29th season since rebranding, and 66th overall. 

After the coronavirus-delayed 2019-20 campaign ended with a knockout tournament in Portugal, this season's competition is running as planned so far.

Bayern Munich are the holders, but were knocked out by last season's beaten finalists PSG in the quarter-finals this year. The Parisians then lost to Man City in the semi-finals, while Chelsea are up against Real Madrid in the other tie. As was the case in 2019, there's a chance of an all-English final in Istanbul.

Here's how you can catch all the action, wherever you are in the world. You can also read a similar guide for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Champions League fixtures

The second semi-final first leg takes place tonight, with qualification for the Champions League final on the line. The match is available to watch on BT Sport:

Wednesday 5 May

  • Chelsea vs Real Madrid (agg. 1-1) - KO 20.00 - BT Sport 2

Last night

  • Man City 2-0 PSG (agg. 4-1)

There's a full guide to the Champions League fixtures and results on the UEFA website

How to watch the Champions League in the UK

BT Sport has exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK, so you'll need an active subscription in order to start watching.

Check out all the deals on BT Sport on TV, including if you just want access via the app. If you want access to BT Sport via your existing Sky box, you can easily do so by updating your viewing card. Prices currently start at £10 per month with £29.99 upfront. 

BT Sport is also now offering a Monthly Pass, which gives you unlimited access to all the channels for £25 a month. This is contract-free, so you can dip in and out at any time. 

Can I watch the Champions League for free? 

Unfortunately not, as ITV lost rights to show the Champions League on free-to-air in 2015. That's set to be the case until at least the end of the end of the 2023-24 season.

In the meantime, though, you'll have to be content with a weekly highlights programme on ITV. The best moments from the games will also be available on the BT Sport YouTube channel shortly after full time. 

How to watch the Champions League abroad

BT Sport is usually geo-restricted, which means you can only officially stream the games unless you're based in the UK. 

However, if you are a paying BT Sport or Virgin Media subscriber, you can get around this with a VPN. This will allow you to still appear as if you're in the UK and retain access to channels, and it's completely legal. 

Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad.

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