Champions League draw: Paris Saint-Germain face Manchester City in groups



Lionel Messi’s arrival in Paris is expected to provide the missing piece in PSG’s bid to win the Champions League, but the club face an offer from Manchester City to do the same.

City were beaten by future winner Chelsea in the final of the competition last season and Pep Guardiola’s side will want to go further this year.

The group’s draw could also see Messi fighting again with Cristiano Ronaldo, with speculation on social media linking the Portuguese striker with a transfer to the Etihad stadium.

RB Leipzig and Club Brugge face an uphill battle to advance to the round of 16 after also being drawn alongside PSG and Manchester City in a dangerous-looking Group A.

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Chelsea won the Champions League trophy last season.
Meanwhile, champion Chelsea face current Ronaldo club Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmö in Group H.

Moldovan club FC Sheriff have already made history after becoming the country’s first club to qualify for the main draw, but face a tough task in Group D alongside 13-time champions Real Madrid. , Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk.

As Messi seeks to return his new PSG side to victory, his former club Barcelona will have to look elsewhere for inspiration to qualify outside Group E. He faces German juggernaut Bayern Munich, Benfica and Dynamo Kiev.

Manchester United fans will be confident their side can advance to the round of 16 after securing a favorable draw against last year’s Europa League winner Villarreal, Atalanta and Young Boys.

The first round of the group stage takes place on September 14 and 15, with the final taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 28, 2022.

Along with the draw, the ceremony also announced a host of individual prizes for last season’s performances.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante won the title of goalkeeper and male midfielder of the year, respectively. Manchester City’s Ruben Dias was named Defender of the Year while Erling Haaland received the striker award.

Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Sandra Panos, Irene Paredes, Alexia Putellas and Jennifer Hermoso took home the goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker of the year awards.

Chelsea’s Alexia and Jorginho won the award for best player of the year.

Full draw

Group A: Manchester City, PSG, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge

Group B: Atlético Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan

Group C: Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas

Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Sheriff

Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​Benfica, Dynamo Kiev

Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G: Lille, Seville, Salzburg, Wolfsburg

Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Malmö


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