The 2021-22 Champions League campaign is set to kick off as the highly anticipated return to the group stage unfolds.
After the qualifiers, this is the moment when the biggest European clubs enter the fray and seek to lay a first milestone regarding their aspirations for the coming season.
Of course, for everyone involved, there is a prize they dream of: the title of best club in Europe.
While there are plenty of games to be played by the end of the season, the hope for many is that they can get involved in Europe’s biggest game, the Champions League final.
2022 Champions League Final: Date and place
The 2022 Champions League final will take place on saturday 28 may at the Gazprom stadium in Russia.
The Zenit St Petersburg home opened in 2017 after being modeled after the Toyota Stadium in Kisho Kurokawa, Japan, with a state-of-the-art stadium with a retractable roof and a capacity of over 60,000 people.
The Gazprom Stadium was originally scheduled to host the 2021 final before the UEFA Executive Committee made the decision to move the flagship event to Lisbon, Portugal, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Last year’s final was certainly a momentous one for English football as Chelsea and Manchester City fought for the ultimate prize.
While Pep Guardiola’s City were considered the pre-game favorites, it was Thomas Tuchel’s side that took the title with a 1-0 victory thanks to Kai Havertz’s well-scored goal.
The Blues are hoping to see them through this quarter, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool all hope for chances of reaching the final stages of the competition.
However, if they are to do so, they will have to overtake some of the biggest names in Europe including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
One thing we do know is that whoever takes the pitch at Gazprom Stadium on May 28, they will fully deserve their place as the Champions League competition gets more and more severe year by year.
Champions League group stage draw
group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Bruges
Group B: Atlético Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev
Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, FC Sheriff
Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: Lille, Seville, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmö
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