• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Man City to face Messi’s PSG while Liverpool are also handed tough group, holders Chelsea and Ronaldo’s Man United get kinder draws as tournament gets under way

 Exclusive: Man City to face Messi’s PSG while Liverpool are also handed tough group, holders Chelsea and Ronaldo’s Man United get kinder draws as tournament gets under way


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

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

The draw took place at a ceremony in Istanbul

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The draw took place at a ceremony in Istanbul

City kick off their campaign by hosting Leipzig on Wednesday, September 15.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will go up against Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan in a difficult Group B.

The Reds face old European foes Milan in their opener, also on Wednesday.

The draw was kinder to holders Chelsea and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United, who will both be confident of reaching the knockout stages.

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

Ronaldo and co take on the Swiss side in their first tie on Tuesday, September 14.

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

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Man City will face Neymar and Lionel Messi in a tough group

Man City will face Neymar and Lionel Messi in a tough group

City convincingly beat PSG in the semi-finals last season but the French giants are set to be a totally different outfit this term having signed the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and the great Messi.

Liverpool have previous against all their group opponents.

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

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

Champions League group stage draw

Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B: Atletico 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, Sevilla, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo

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