Man City to face PSG in Champions League

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    Manchester City celebrateMan City beat PSG 4-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the competition last season

    Premier League champions Manchester City have been drawn to face Paris St-Germain, RB Leipzig and Club Bruges in the Champions League group stage.

    Holders Chelsea come up against Serie A giants Juventus, Russian club Zenit St Petersburg and Swedish side Malmo.

    Manchester United face Villarreal, who beat them in last season's Europa League final, as well as Italian club Atalanta and Swiss side Young Boys.

    Liverpool are in a tough group with Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan.

    Group stage draw in full:

    Group A: Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Bruges

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

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

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

    Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv

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

    Group G: Lille, Sevilla, FC Salzburg, Wolfsburg

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

    This year's Champions League final takes place at the St Petersburg Stadium in Russia on Saturday, 28 May.

    Mixed draw for English clubs

    Pep Guardiola's City side, who were beaten by Chelsea last season in their maiden final in the competition, face a brace of tantalising Group A meetings with Lionel Messi's new club PSG.

    Those matches could see a reunion for Messi with old foe Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been heavily linkedexternal-link with a move to City from Juventus before transfer deadline day.

    The two sides meet in the competition for the second consecutive season after last season's semi-final showdown, which City won 4-1 on aggregate.

    Bundesliga side RB Leipzig will also be a difficult proposition, having knocked out Manchester United in the group stage last season.

    Jurgen Klopp's six-time winners Liverpool are arguably in this season's hardest group, along with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Portuguese club Porto – winners in 1987 and 2004 – and seven-time European champions AC Milan.

    Liverpool beat Milan in the famous 2005 final in Istanbul, but the Italians gained revenge in Athens two years later.

    The toughest task for Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side will be negotiating home and away meetings with Juventus, while the defending champions should have few problems against Zenit and Malmo.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be much happier with Manchester United's chances of progression from Group F, having been knocked out in the group stage last season.

    The Red Devils will be aiming to take revenge on Unai Emery's Villarreal, who beat them on penalties in the Europa League final last season.

    Champions League stats

    • Chelsea only lost one of their 13 Champions League matches last season, their quarter-final second leg at home to Porto, which they lost 1-0. They remained unbeaten in their seven matches played away from Stamford Bridge (W6 D1).
    • In Champions League history, only one reigning champion has failed to progress from the initial group stage in the following season – that was Chelsea in 2012-13, who finished third in their group before lifting the Europa League that season.
    • Of the 25 managers to have taken charge of at least 50 Champions League matches, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola has the best win percentage (63% – 86/136).
    • With PSG in the same group, Lionel Messi could face Manchester City for a seventh time in the Champions League – the Argentine has scored more goals against City than any other player in the competition (six goals in six games).
    • Liverpool have progressed from 11 of their 14 previous Champions League group stage participations, including all four under current manager Jurgen Klopp
    • Liverpool have won just one of their six meetings with Atletico Madrid in all European competition (D2 L3), losing home and away against them in 2019-20 as the Spanish side knocked them out in the last 16.
    • Only Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have played more Champions League matches than Manchester United (230), with the Red Devils one of just five sides to have 100 or more wins in the competition (121).
    • The four Champions League meetings between Manchester United and Villarreal have produced no goals, the most played fixture in the history of the competition to see no goals scored.

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      Comment posted by Ook the Librarian, at 18:28 26 Aug

      15 CL titles in Liverpool’s group … 0 in PSG’s …. just saying. Long may it continue391123

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      Comment posted by Football_fan23, at 18:22 26 Aug

      Who did Arsenal get?22243

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        Reply posted by glan1976 , at 18:24 26 Aug

        "Who did Arsenal get?"glan1976 replied: Afc wimbledon.. next1198

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      Comment posted by Grayl1701, at 18:20 26 Aug

      I see Man Utd got a draw that even they should be able to get out of….. 😂18742

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      Comment posted by Lets Agree To Disagree, at 18:20 26 Aug

      Liverpool in a tough group but a good group for the fans. Exciting games ahead.15814

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        Reply posted by Dallas Cowboys Liverpool FC, at 18:32 26 Aug

        "Liverpool in a tough group but a good group for the fans. Exciting games ahead."Dallas Cowboys Liverpool FC replied: Tough group but exactly the sort of games that Klopp looks forward to and generally performs well in.8932

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      Comment posted by RJM, at 18:34 26 Aug

      Oil baron derby14133

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        Reply posted by anti rags, at 18:39 26 Aug

        "Oil baron derby"anti rags replied: Get a life gloryhunter37104

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      Comment posted by neilLUFC, at 18:31 26 Aug

      Barcelona in the Champions League !? Thought they were still in the ESL ??10910

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        Reply posted by Chris1995, at 18:57 26 Aug

        "Barcelona in the Champions League !? Thought they were still in the ESL ??"Chris1995 replied: No the ESL collapsed just like the relevance of your comment34133

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      Comment posted by Lightning-F57, at 18:18 26 Aug

      I think Liverpool out of the 4 English teams has the hardest gig. Playing two league winners and runners up in same group. How did that even happen.12021

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        Reply posted by Alan Williams, at 18:22 26 Aug

        "I think Liverpool out of the 4 English teams has the hardest gig. Playing two league winners and runners up in same group. How did that even happen."Alan Williams replied: Sexy group eh189

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      Comment posted by YouKnighted, at 18:26 26 Aug

      Easy draw for United, maybe we can get out the groups this time9726

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        Reply posted by Carpe diem, at 18:44 26 Aug

        "Easy draw for United, maybe we can get out the groups this time"Carpe diem replied: Hopefully not!13973

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      Comment posted by Fan Of Whoever Plays Man Utd, at 18:20 26 Aug

      An easy group for Man Utd, if they embarrass themselves by not going thru, they will have only themselves to blame.8331

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        Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 18:26 26 Aug

        "An easy group for Man Utd, if they embarrass themselves by not going thru, they will have only themselves to blame."The Spin Doctor replied: Villarreal did it last season and they will do it again this season. We will all cheer for the Yellow Submarine, the Yellow Submarine…..6759

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      Comment posted by Cole, at 18:23 26 Aug

      Group B is absolutely stacked!523

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        Reply posted by Forza Italia, at 18:58 26 Aug

        "Group B is absolutely stacked!"Forza Italia replied: B certainly looks stacked55

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      Comment posted by The Gorg, at 18:41 26 Aug

      The draw reminds me of the time in the World Cup qualifiers when Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya were all drawn in the same group. That was truly the group of death.6216

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        Reply posted by Mish, at 18:45 26 Aug

        "The draw reminds me of the time in the World Cup qualifiers when Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya were all drawn in the same group. That was truly the group of death."Mish replied: lol113

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      Comment posted by Hampshire Spur, at 18:49 26 Aug

      UEFA have to scrap that pathetic little rule if you finish 3rd in CL group you go to europa league. waste of time. If youre out youre out.5410

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        Reply posted by U23765430, at 18:52 26 Aug

        "UEFA have to scrap that pathetic little rule if you finish 3rd in CL group you go to europa league. waste of time. If youre out youre out."U23765430 replied: I disagree 100%, that rule gives teams like Sheriff Tiraspol, Young Boys, Malmo, and Clube Brugges something to play for.3310

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      Comment posted by Mish, at 18:40 26 Aug

      When the draw was announced one of the Athletico Madrid players fell to the ground and screamed for a red card for someone.509

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        Reply posted by CJR, at 19:15 26 Aug

        "When the draw was announced one of the Athletico Madrid players fell to the ground and screamed for a red card for someone."CJR replied: Thought that was one of the loserpool forwards, best divers ever should have won gold in Japan, no not rent free you had a dig at another club who must be renting free in your head.😂😂😂😂😂😂1751

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      Comment posted by Gorton Road 19, at 18:25 26 Aug

      Tough group for Liverpool but we should be able to finish in the top 2 as should City and Chelsea, Man U arguably had the easiest group and shouldn’t have a problem making through the group stages this season488

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        Reply posted by spudy1000, at 18:26 26 Aug

        "Tough group for Liverpool but we should be able to finish in the top 2 as should City and Chelsea, Man U arguably had the easiest group and shouldn’t have a problem making through the group stages this season"spudy1000 replied: I very much agree i think if any side will struggle in will be city because there is quality in that group they should make it but leipzig could cause upsets298

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      Comment posted by Finegas, at 18:19 26 Aug

      Looked like City’s group was going to be the dreaded ‘Group of Death’, but the sheer consistency in opponent for Liverpool in B, having to face Atletico, Milan and Porto has to make theirs the most tantalising – bring on the groups!433

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        Reply posted by LFCinCA, at 19:28 26 Aug

        "Looked like City’s group was going to be the dreaded ‘Group of Death’, but the sheer consistency in opponent for Liverpool in B, having to face Atletico, Milan and Porto has to make theirs the most tantalising – bring on the groups!"LFCinCA replied: The lads will get to enjoy the sunshine of Spain, Portugal, and Italy. It’s like preseason training. No big deal1213

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      Comment posted by GoatyMcGoatface, at 18:20 26 Aug

      Another opportunity for City to play PSG off the park twice and watch Poch’s boys spit their dummies out!6829

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        Reply posted by jimbo45, at 18:37 26 Aug

        "Another opportunity for City to play PSG off the park twice and watch Poch’s boys spit their dummies out!"jimbo45 replied: 2 Horrible clubs… Nobody Cares16980

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      Comment posted by Kevin Gerard, at 18:31 26 Aug

      Utd get easy draw again7345

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        Reply posted by U23765430, at 18:37 26 Aug

        "Utd get easy draw again"U23765430 replied: Easy Draw again? Last year we got PSG and RB Liepzig and the one before that we got Juventus and Valencia which are hardly easy draws.7141

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      Comment posted by Braddy, at 18:20 26 Aug

      Excellent news about Citeh having to play PSG :)328

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        Reply posted by GoatyMcGoatface, at 18:22 26 Aug

        "Excellent news about Citeh having to play PSG :)"GoatyMcGoatface replied: Messi vs Ronaldo?2313

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      Comment posted by hjkarki, at 18:25 26 Aug

      Tough but exciting draw for Liverpool! BRING IT ON…3614

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        Reply posted by TardiGrade, at 18:27 26 Aug

        "Tough but exciting draw for Liverpool! BRING IT ON…"TardiGrade replied: Tough no , more like Brutal with capital “B”202

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      Comment posted by som, at 18:23 26 Aug

      Pep saw exactly what was coming and he said going by 2023. Manchester United group looks easy on paper though.265

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        Reply posted by Forza Italia, at 18:59 26 Aug

        "Pep saw exactly what was coming and he said going by 2023. Manchester United group looks easy on paper though."Forza Italia replied: What is coming?122

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