Kuala Lumpur: Seventy-eight days after Al Hilal SFC defeated Urawa Red Diamonds in Saitama to lift the 2019 AFC Champions League trophy, the latest edition of the competition gets underway with four clashes across Groups A and B on Monday.
The reigning champions are in action in Dubai, while one debutant will make their AFC Champions League group stage bow on the same day as things kick-off in full speed in the West Zone.
Preview MD1 - Group A: Al Wahda FSCC (UAE) vs Al Ahli Saudi SC
Abu Dhabi: United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli aim to improve on their 2019 AFC Champions League results as they lock horns at the start of their respective 2020 campaigns at Al Nahyan Stadium on Monday.
Both sides saw their progress cut at the Round of 16 last year; Al Wahda were beaten by Al Nassr 4-3 on aggregate, while Al Ahli succumbed to rivals Al Hilal with the same result.
Preview MD1 - Group B: Pakhtakor (UZB) vs Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE)
Tashkent: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2017 with a trip to Tashkent to face FC Pakhtakor in Group B on Monday.
AFC Champions League finalists in 2015 as Al Ahli FC, the Emirati side were merged with fellow Dubai-based clubs Al Shabab and Dubai SC to form Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, and as a result were ineligible to play in the competition for two years.
Kuala Lumpur: As the 32 sides get set to battle it out for the title of Asia's club kings from February 10, goals will be the most valuable currency. The-AFC.com looks at 10 target men who will have eyes on becoming the 2020 AFC Champions League's most prolific.
Al Hilal's Baftembi Gomis earned himself the top scorer award in 2019 with 11 goals. But with several exciting attackers involved in this year's competition, the goals race is set to be even more heated.
Gomis returns but alongside him below are a selection of leading candidates who could take the mantle from the Frenchman in 2020.