The Draws for the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League season was conducted in Istanbul-Turkey, with exciting ties set to take place once the Group Stages commence in the month of September.
Top of the pile will see German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich take on Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona, in what will see Robert Lewandowski return to his former stomping ground where he made a name for himself.
Also, French Ligue 1 kings PSG will battle it out with Italian giants Juventus in a Group H encounter, while Borussia Dortmund will face Manchester City as Erling Haaland also returns to play his former club.
Group A – Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
Group B – Porto, Atletico Madrid, Leverkusen, Club Brugge
Group C – Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter, Viktoria Plzen
Group D – Frankfurt, Spurs, Sporting, Marseille
Group E – AC Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb
Group F – Real Madrid, Leipzig, Shaktar Donetsk, Celtic
Group G – Manchester City, Sevilla, Dortmund, Copenhagen
Group H – PSG, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa
The season’s final will be played in Istanbul itself, on June 10 next year at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Istanbul was supposed to host the final in 2020 and again in 2021, but on each occasion UEFA moved the game to Portugal due to pandemic-related restrictions.
Defending champions Real Madrid will be looking forward to dominating the Europe’s elite clubs, after defeating Liverpool 1-0 in last year’s final.
Russian clubs are banned because of the ongoing war, but Ukraine — where a new domestic season kicked off this week — will be represented by Shakhtar Donetsk.