Bayern Munich to face Barcelona, Inter Milan after Champions League group stage draw

It would see Barcelona’s new summer time signing, Robert Lewandowski, face his previous staff, for whom he scored 344 objectives in 375 appearances, second most for the membership behind Gerd Müller, together with 50 objectives in 46 video games final season.

The 2 behemoths of European soccer have been drawn into Group C alongside fellow giants Inter Milan and Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň.

After a disappointing season final yr — failing to qualify for the final 16 of the Champions League for the primary time in 17 years — Barcelona might be aiming to get again to the ultimate levels on the first time of asking.

Armed with an entire host of latest signings, Barca face fairly the duty to qualify although in opposition to German champions Bayern, 2020-21 Italian champions Inter Milan and reigning Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň.

Elsewhere, reigning Champions League winners Actual Madrid was drawn into Group F alongside RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic.

Actual received its 14th Champions League title in Paris final season, beating Liverpool 1-0.

Ukrainian facet Shakhtar started its membership season on Tuesday, because the Ukrainian Premier League began once more after Russia’s invasion of the nation.

Additionally, new Manchester Metropolis striker, Erling Haaland, will journey to face his previous membership, Borussia Dortmund, within the group stage.

Haaland and Metropolis have been drawn in opposition to Dortmund, Sevilla and Copenhagen, that means after scoring 85 objectives in 88 appearances within the yellow and black of the German membership, he might be going through his former staff before he would have thought.

Final yr’s overwhelmed finalists Liverpool was pitted in opposition to Ajax, Napoli and Rangers.

The primary spherical of group stage fixtures happen on September 6 and seven.

Alongside the draw, UEFA — European soccer’s governing physique — introduced a collection of particular person awards handed out for private achievements of the final yr.

England supervisor Sarina Wiegman was named UEFA Ladies’s Coach of the Yr having guided her facet to victory at Euro 2022.

Carlo Ancelotti was later named UEFA Males’s Coach of the Yr, after main Actual Madrid to the Spanish league title and its 14th Champions League crown; his fourth as a supervisor.

Barca and Spain star Alexia Putellas was named UEFA Ladies’s Participant of the Yr, changing into the primary participant to win the award twice in a row.

And at last, Karim Benzema received UEFA Males’s Participant of the Yr after a stellar season upfront from Actual Madrid.

Attract full

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers

Group B: Porto, Atlético Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Membership Brugge

Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzeň

Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille

Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, RB Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb

Group F: Actual Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic

Group G: Manchester Metropolis, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Copenhagen

Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa