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Champions League 2022-23 group stage draw: Barcelona to face Bayern Munich and Haaland set for reunion as Man City paired with Dortmund

10:13 PM IST 25/08/22
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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.

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...

  • Liverpool Rangers split

    GROUP A

    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.

  • Alvaro Morata Joao Felix Atletico Madrid 2022-23

    GROUP B

    Team

    Country

    Porto

    Portugal

    Atletico Madrid

    Spain

    Bayer 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.

  • Lewandowski Mane split

    GROUP C

    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

    GROUP D

    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.

  • Chelsea Milan split

    GROUP E

    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.

  • Real Madrid Celtic

    GROUP F

    Team

    Country

    Real Madrid

    Spain

    RB Leipzig

    Germany

    Shakhtar 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.

  • Haaland Bellingham Split

    GROUP G

    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-competion favourites.

  • Messi Di Maria split

    GROUP H

    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.