Champions League Draw: Barca get Bayern

Thursday’s draw has thrown together some blockbuster ties – which are you looking forward to the most?

Only a few weeks to go now until that famous music is back in our lives, and Champions League fever has hit new heights after Thursday’s group stage draw.

Two of the best strikers on the planet will return to their former clubs after massive summer transfers, as Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona will face his former club, Bayern Munich.

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Erling Haaland, meanwhile, will also return to his old stomping ground as a member of Manchester City, who were drawn with Borussia Dortmund.

Barca and Bayern find themselves in one of the tougher groups, with Italian giants Inter also drawn into Group C.

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain also have a fascinating draw as they’ve been paired with Juventus, Benfica and minnows Maccabi Haifa.

Check out the full draw below…

Mohamed Salah 2021-22


Team Country
Ajax Netherlands
Liverpool England
Napoli Italy
Rangers Scotland


In a group that promises amazing atmospheres at all four grounds, Liverpool taking on Rangers in a ‘Battle of Britain’ catches the eye immediately.

Evanilson Porto 2022-23


Team Country
Porto Portugal
Atletico Madrid Spain
Bayern Leverkusen Germany
Club Brugge Belgium


Diego Simeone and Atletico will be happy with their draw as the Spanish side should be favourites to win the group. The race for second, and third, will be interesting, though.

Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 2022-23


Team Country
Bayern Munich Germany
Barcelona Spain
Inter Italy
Viktoria Plzen Czech Republic


The ‘Group of Death’, Robert Lewandowski won’t have to wait long to return to Bayern. But don’t overlook Inter, who could certainly push for one of the top two spots in the group.

Harry Kane Tottenham 2022-23


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Team Country
Eintracht Frankfurt Germany
Tottenham England
Sporting C.P. Portugal
Marseille France


Antonio Conte and Spurs will be thrilled, as they have been matched with the Europa League winners, Eintracht Frankfurt, rather than one of the giants in Pot One. All four teams will have realistic hope of advancing, though.

AC Milan celebrating 2022-23


Team Country
AC Milan Italy
Chelsea England
Red Bull Salzburg Austria
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia


Chelsea will get to enjoy a reunion with Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud when they face AC Milan in what looks likely to be the match-up between the two sides that reach the knockout stages.


David Alaba Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2022 2023


Team Country
Real Madrid Spain
EB Leipzig Germany
Shaktar Donetsk Ukraine
Celtic Scotland


The defending champions will be happy with their group, and there promises to be a real battle for second-place, with many around Europe likely to be rooting for Shakhtar to progress.

Erling Haaland Manchester City 2022-23


Team Country
Manchester City England
Sevilla Spain
Borussia Dortmund Germany
FC Copenhagen Denmark


Erling Haaland will head back to Germany to face his former club, Borussia Dortmund, in what looks a more than satisfactory group for Pep Guardiola’s pre-competition favourites.

Neymar, Messi, Mbappe 2022-23


Team Country
Paris Saint Germain France
Juventus Italy
Benfica Portugal
Maccabi Haifa Israel


Juventus are not the force they once were, and so PSG should qualify comfortably for the knockout stages.

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