The draw for the Champions League 2023/24 group stage has been finalized, revealing some captivating matchups.
Among the participants in the draw were four English clubs: Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Newcastle. These teams were eagerly anticipating their group stage opponents in the competition.
This edition of the Champions League will mark the culmination of the current format, as UEFA is poised to transition to a novel eight-game structure for the following season. In the forthcoming format, all teams will belong to a unified group.
Nonetheless, the present group stage format promises to conclude with a thrilling and remarkable array of matchups.
All four of the English teams – and Scottish champions Celtic – are among those set for huge ties.
Champions League draw recap: Man Utd face tough challenge, Newcastle get ‘group of death’
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City, as reigning champions of the competition, were drawn out in pot one. They’ll take on RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in Group G.
Manchester United, meanwhile, face some tricky tests in Group A, as they take on Bayern Munich, Copenhagen and Galatasaray.
Arsenal are set for their first Champions League campaign in seven years, having finished second in last season’s Premier League, they have drawn Sevilla, PSV and Lens.
But the ‘group of death’ accolade was awarded to Newcastle, who are involved in one of the toughest Champions League groups in history. PSG, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan all await Eddie Howe’s side.
Celtic, meanwhile, were drawn in Group E alongside Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid and Lazio.
The full groups are as follows:
- Group A –Bayern Munich,Manchester United,Copenhagen, Galatasaray
- Group B –Sevilla,Arsenal,PSV, Lens
- Group C –Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin
- Group D –Benfica, Inter Milan, Salzburg, Real Sociedad
- Group E –Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio,Celtic
- Group F –PSG, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan,Newcastle
- Group G – Manchester City,RB Leipzig, Red Star, Young Boys
- Group H –Barcelona, FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp