Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, two of the main candidates to win the Champions League, will face one another within the group stage of this season’s competitors after popping out collectively in Thursday’s draw.
Pep Guardiola’s City beat PSG within the semi-finals of final season’s Champions League on the way in which to dropping the ultimate to Chelsea in Porto.
Qatar-owned Paris responded to that disappointment by signing Lionel Messi and there’s a likelihood that the 2 conferences of the golf equipment may see the Argentine come up in opposition to his nice rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese ahead is being strongly linked with a transfer to Abu Dhabi-owned City from Juventus earlier than the European switch window closes on Tuesday, August 31.
The golf equipment are in Group A together with RB Leipzig and Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Leipzig had been already in a gaggle with PSG final season, the 2 sides qualifying for the final 16 forward of Manchester United.
The Germans, who additionally misplaced to PSG within the 2020 semi-finals in Lisbon, misplaced coach Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich in the summertime and changed him with Jesse Marsch.
Holders Chelsea will play Juventus in Group H and each golf equipment will probably be anticipated to advance from a bit additionally together with Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmo.
The Swedish champions knocked out Rangers within the third qualifying spherical.
Saint Petersburg will host this season’s Champions League closing on May 28 subsequent 12 months.
Thursday’s attract Istanbul additionally noticed Barcelona come out in a captivating Group E together with Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev.
For Barca it will likely be a primary assembly with Bayern since they had been humbled 8-2 by the German giants in Benfica’s Estadio da Luz in Lisbon within the quarter-finals a 12 months in the past.
Liverpool will face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, which means a return to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium the place they beat Tottenham Hostpur within the 2019 closing to win the European Cup for the sixth time.
Jurgen Klopp’s aspect may even play AC Milan and FC Porto in Group B. Milan are again within the Champions League for the primary time since 2013/14.
Manchester United got here out in Group F with Villarreal, Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect misplaced to Villarreal on penalties in final season’s Europa League closing.
The first spherical of group fixtures will probably be performed on September 14 and 15.