The Champions League 2021/2022 group stage draw has been made ahead of the competition’s return.
26 teams qualified for the competition via their domestic league position while six qualified via the play-offs.
Chelsea are current holders having beaten Manchester City 1-0 in an all-English final back in May.
The ceremony took place in Istanbul, Turkey and you can have a full look at the groups below.
PSG and City in the same group is Messi vs. Pep… and maybe Messi vs. Ronaldo 👀 pic.twitter.com/Ep7WrWaRh2
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 26, 2021
BSC Young Boys
Official: #UCL Group F:
🏴 Manchester United
🇨🇭 BSC Young Boys
Thoughts on our group? 👀
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) August 26, 2021
Zenit Saint Petersburg
The #UCLDraw gets underway shortly! 👌
Who do you want Chels to get in the group stages? 🔵 pic.twitter.com/H2rFEZMoHX
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 26, 2021
A few noteable ties include Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City, which could end up being a new chapter in the Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry.
Group D will feature Sheriff Tiraspol making their first appearance in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Barcelona and Bayern Munich will clash in Group E, a year after Bayern’s humiliating 8-2 win over the Catalan giants.
Check out the group stage schedule all the way to December below:
14/15 September: Group stage, Matchday 1
28/29 September: Group stage, Matchday 2
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19/20 October: Group stage, Matchday 3
2/3 November: Group stage, Matchday 4
23/24 November: Group stage, Matchday 5
7/8 December: Group stage, Matchday 6
13 December: Last 16 draw
The final will take place in Petersburg, Russia on May 28.
Which clash are you most excited for? Who do you think is an early favourite for the competiton?
Let us know in the comments.
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