The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group stage draw and Awards night held today in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 32-team draw featured four teams each from the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga. The French Ligue 1 rounding up the top 5 European leagues have two representatives.
The first team drawn was last season finalists, Man City in group A, followed by Atletico Madrid in group B, Portuguese Champions Sporting Lisbon was drawn in group C, Italian Champions Inter Milan was drawn in Group D, 2020 winners Bayern Munich in Group E, Europa League winners Villarreal followed in Group F.
Ligue 1 champions Lille were drawn in Group G, with Champions League winners Chelsea in Group H.
Pot two’s Borussia Dortmund were drawn with Sporting in Group C, followed by Real Madrid in Group D alongside Inter Milan. Liverpool FC was drawn with Atletico Madrid in Group B, who eliminated the Reds in the 2020 UCL round of 16. PSG was drawn in Group A alongside Man City to set a mouth-watering clash. Juventus were drawn alongside current holders Chelsea in Group H. Another Barca, Bayern clash beckons as both giants were placed in Group E. Man United joined Villareal in Group F.
Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk face an uphill task in Group D, coming up against Inter and Real Madrid. Benfica was drawn in Group E, followed by Zenit St. Petersburg in Group H with Chelsea. Group A can be tagged as the Group of Death, with formidable RB Leipzig drawn alongside powerhouses PSG and Man City. Italian side Atalanta was drawn alongside Man United in Group F while Dutch Champions Ajax join Dortmund in Group C.
Austrian side Salzburg was drawn in Group B, while Porto rounded up pot 3 falling in Group B alongside Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
Swiss champions, Young boys were drawn from Pot 4 and placed in Group F, followed by Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas in Group C. AC Milan making a return after seven years, were drawn in Group B, setting up a tantalising group with Atletico, Porto and Liverpool.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg find themselves in Group G. Belgian side Club Brugge face a daunting task in Group A alongisde Man City, PSG and RB Leipzig. Swedish champions Malmo were drawn in Group H. Ukrainian Champions Dynamo Kyiv were placed in Group E. First-timers, FC Sheriff was drawn in Group D
Man City, Paris Saint Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge
Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax , Besiktas
Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Sheriff
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv
Villarreal, Man United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St. Petersburg, Malmo