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City and Liverpool handed tough group in intriguing Champions League draw

The UEFA Champions League’s group stage has been drawn for the 2021/22 campaign, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea learning their fate in what was a draw full of intriguing subplots.

Chelsea enter the competition as the defending champions after beating Premier League rivals Man City in last season’s final, the west Londoners being drawn to face Juventus, Zenit St Petersberg and Malmo in the group stage.

 

Every year there seems to be a Group of Death, and this year Group A is certainly a contender for that title, Premier League champions Manchester City drawn against PSG, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge – a group which could potentially pit Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo once more if the latest transfer rumours are to be believed.

Being in Pot 2 was seen as perhaps a slight advantage for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, who were guaranteed to miss PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, though Jurgen Klopp’s side were still handed a potentially challenging route to the knockout stages, the six-time winners set to face Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan.

United – eliminated in last season’s group stage – went on to reach the Europa League final, though slipped to defeat to Villarreal in Gdansk in May. The Red Devils have however been handed a chance to avenge that loss in Group F, the pair being drawn alongside Atalanta and Young Boys.

Elsewhere, there are tasty looking ties in both Group D and E, with Real Madrid drawn against Italian champions Inter Milan, while a Messi-less Barcelona will go up against Bayern Munich.

Champions League group stage draw in full:

Group A

Manchester City
PSG
RB Leipzig
Club Brugge

Group B

Atletico Madrid
Liverpool
FC Porto
AC Milan

Group C

Sporting Lisbon
Borussia Dortmund
Ajax
Besiktas

Group D

Inter Milan
Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sheriff Tiraspol

Group E

Bayern Munich
Barcelona
Benfica
Dynamo Kiev

Group F

Villarreal
Manchester United
Atalanta
Young Boys

Group G

Lille
Sevilla
Salzburg
Wolfsburg

Group H

Chelsea
Juventus
Zenit
Malmo

 

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