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Galatasaray vs Chelsea & Schalke vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Chelsea will be walking into a loud and intimidating cauldron at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena as the Blues try to get something none of the English clubs have done in the Champions League or Europa League this week or last — get a draw or a victory.

Meanwhile, over at the Veltins Arena in Germany, Schalke host Real Madrid in a match where Carlo Ancelotti’s team are the strong favorites.

Here are today’s UEFA Champions League TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Galatasaray vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Schalke vs Real Madrid, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Alex Telles, Selçuk, Melo, Burak, Sneijder, Hajrovic, Didier Drogba.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Hazard, Schurrle; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Ba and Eto’o

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Schalke: Fährmann, Höwedes, Matip, Santana, Kolasinac, Boateng, Neustädter, Farfan, Meyer, Draxler, Huntelaar

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di María

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Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans.

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