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Champions League group stage draw: Man City will face Messi’s PSG while Liverpool will also be handed a tough squad, Ronaldo’s Chelsea and Man United starters get nicer draws as tournament kicks off


The Champions League will come back to life this week with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City flying the Premier League flag.

City will face Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A as the Premier League champions seek to end their European drought.

The draw took place at a ceremony in Istanbul
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City launches its campaign by hosting Leipzig on Wednesday September 15.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan in a tough Group B.

The Reds will face Milan’s former European enemies in their opener, also on Wednesday.

The draw has been more favorable to Chelsea and Manchester United owners of Cristiano Ronaldo, who will both be confident of reaching the round of 16.

United face a repeat of last season’s Europa League final with Villarreal, alongside Atalanta and Young Boys in Group F.

Ronaldo and his colleagues will face the Swiss team in their first draw on Tuesday, September 14.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will face Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg and Malmo in Group H and kick off their title defense on Tuesday by hosting the Russians.

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Champions League group stage draw: Man City will face Messi’s PSG while Liverpool will also be handed a tough squad, Ronaldo’s Chelsea and Man United starters get nicer draws as tournament kicks off
Man City to face Neymar and Lionel Messi in tough squad

City convincingly beat PSG in the semi-finals last season, but the French giants are expected to be a totally different side this quarter after signing Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and the great Messi.

Liverpool have already faced all their opponents in the group.

They were eliminated from the 2019/20 competition by Atletico, beat Porto in the knockout stage for two consecutive years (2017/18 and 2018/19) and beat Milan in an incredible final in 2005.

Below you can see the full 2021/22 Champions League group stage draw…

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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