How to watch the Champions League online, on TV and abroad
The Champions League continues this week, with just eight teams remaining in the competition.
They include English sides Man City and Chelsea, but it doesn’t look like either will progress beyond the quarter-finals. While Man City dispatched Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg, Chelsea lost 2-0 to Real Madrid and will need a huge performance.
But with Napoli, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Benfica still in the tournament, Pep Guardiola’s road to a maiden Champions League triumph with City is far from straightforward.
Here’s how to watch every Champions League game, including all four this week, whether you’re based in the UK or elsewhere.
Champions League schedule
The four quarter-final return matches take place this week. The kick-off times below are in BST (current UK time), with every game live on BT Sport in the UK as usual.
Tue 18 Apr
- Chelsea vs Real Madrid (aggregate 0-2) – KO 8 p.m. – BT Sport 1/Ultimate
- Napoli vs AC Milan (aggregate 0-1) – KO 8 p.m. – BT Sport 2
Wed 19 Apr
- Bayern Munich vs Man City (aggregate 0-3) – KO 8 p.m. – BT Sport 1/Ultimate
- Inter Milan vs Benfica (agg 2-0) – KO 8pm – BT Sport 2
You can see a full list of all matches and results on the UEFA website.
How to watch the Champions League in the UK
BT Sport have exclusive rights to the Champions League in the UK, so you’ll need an active subscription to start watching live. If you don’t want to pay, your only option is to wait until the highlights are available on the BT Sport YouTube channel. However, you will be able to watch the final for free.
There are several options to sign up for BT Sport, first of all by combining it with BT Broadband. Enter your postal code on the website to see what offers are available.
On the TV side, prices start at £18 per month for the duration of a 24-month contract. In exchange, you’ll get all BT Sport channels plus Eurosport, Discovery+, AMC and a recordable TV box with 300 hours of storage space.
You can also bundle broadband with just the BT Sport app (from £49.99 with £29.99 upfront) – it works on mobile, tablet, smart TV and console – or buy the monthly pass for £25. If your device supports it, you’ll still be able to watch in up to 4K HDR quality.
Sky customers can add BT Sport to their existing contract from £29.99 with £20 upfront.
How to watch the Champions League outside the UK
BT Sport is geo-restricted, which means you can officially only watch its coverage if you’re based in the UK.
A workaround is available if you are outside of this region, but we encourage you to find the local broadcaster first, especially if you are based there permanently. It’s CBS Sports (via Paramount+) in the United States, Stan Sport in Australia or Sony Pictures Networks in the Indian subcontinent.
However, if you already have an active UK subscription, we recommend accessing the BT Sport stream using a VPN. This will allow you to always appear as if you are in the UK and retain access to channels, and it is completely legal.
NordVPN 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.
On Nord, simply open the app on the device you want to use and connect to any server in the UK. Then just use the BT Sport website or app as you normally would.
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If you plan to use the VPN only for football, you can also consider a free VPN. Almost all will have a UK server, but there may be strict data limits.
Want more football? Here’s how to watch the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
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