Man City face PSG and Messi in the Champions League group selection, while Liverpool face Atletico and Chelsea against Juventus… and it’s a dream draw for Man United, who have a Villarreal rematch
- The group stage for the 2021-22 Champions League has now been decided
- Man City, United, Liverpool and Chelsea are the English teams that represent
- The games will start in September when the fans return to the field
- Huge matches have been served with heavyweights meeting
Manchester City will face Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain in this season’s Champions League group stage, as Thursday’s draw resulted in some delightful clashes.
Reigning champions Chelsea will face Juventus after being together in Group H, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool return to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium after a draw against reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in Group B, as well as Porto and AC Milan.
But Man City faces a battle for wealth after being paired in Group A with none other than PSG. together with Atalanta and BSC Young Boys.
The highly anticipated group stage matches for this year’s Champions League have been revealed
Chelsea and Juve will be joined in group H by the Russian Zenit St. Petersburg and the Swedish titans Malmö.
In Group A, City and PSG will also face potential underdogs RB Leipzig, who have disrupted the apple cart in German football in recent years as Club Brugge make up the group.
The eyes of football fans around the world are likely to be on Group A as Messi made the move to Paris earlier this summer.
A clash between City and PSG will be further ramped up as speculations of a shock move that will see Cristiano Ronaldo move to Manchester City – to join his former club’s rivals – turn out to be true.
Lionel Messi and Neymar take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the groups
Holders Chelsea are in a group with Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmo
The draw was assisted by former Chelsea maestro Michael Essien, who along with his ex-teammate Branislav Ivanovic helped pick the balls from the containers and select the match-ups.
On the other groups, an interesting showdown has been served up in Group E, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich going head to head with Benfica and Dynamo Kiev in the mix.
Group D sees Real Madrid meet Inter Milan, with Shakhtar Donestk and Moldovan side FC Sheriff Tiraspoll.
Liverpool return to Wanda Metropolitano stadium where they won the trophy in 2019
In Group G, perhaps the most friendly selection of parties has been chosen to meet. The Spanish giants Sevilla will take their chance, in a group that also includes Lille, Salzburg and Wolfsburg.
Group C, made up of Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Besiktas, completes the full set of fixtures for the first stage of the competition.
An overview of the major individual awards for players who outperformed their peers in last season’s Champions League competition was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Unsurprisingly, the final three-man shortlist in each positional category was largely dominated by finalists Man City and Chelsea.
Jorginho won the coveted UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award but was unable to take the honor in person due to travel restrictions in line with Covid-19 guidelines
Blues stopper Edouard Mendy won Goalkeeper of the Year, while City’s Ruben Dias won Defender of the Year.
N’Golo Kante was named Midfielder of the Year, while Dortmund’s free-scoring Erling Haaland proudly took home the Striker of the Year award.
The big solo award everyone had been waiting for – UEFA Men’s Player of the Year – was narrowed down to a final three from Kante, Kevin De Bruyne and Jorginho.
Representatives from each competing team watched Chelsea general Jorginho take the honour, after his starring role in seeing the Blues triumph in Porto, along with his successful summer leading Italy to the title of European Championship winners.
THE DEPARTURE OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP PHASE 2021-22
Paris Saint Germain
FC Sheriff Tirapolli
BSC Young Boys
Zenit Saint Petersburg