The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League draw took place on Thursday, revealing the groups for the upcoming season. Manchester City, the reigning champion, found itself placed in Group G alongside Leipzig, Crvena zvezda, and Young Boys.
Manchester City, as the English champions, will begin their UCL defense with a relatively smooth start. This season brings an interesting twist as new signing Joško Gvardiol will have the opportunity to face his former club, RB Leipzig, on two occasions after departing from them earlier this month.
Among the groups, Group F stands out with its potential for excitement. While Paris Saint-Germain is expected to secure the top position, the battle for a place in the round of 16 could be intense among Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, and Newcastle United.
In Group A, Bayern Munich is set to contend against Manchester United, Copenhagen, and Galatasaray. After securing their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title in the previous season, Bayern Munich aims to regain dominance in European football. The pressure on manager Thomas Tuchel might increase if the team struggles to advance beyond the group stage.
A major summer transfer saw Bayern Munich acquire Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur, filling the void left by Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Barcelona the previous year. Kane has already showcased his prowess with three goals and an assist in two Bundesliga matches. His presence is poised to make a significant impact in the Champions League campaign.
Here’s a breakdown of the 2023/24 Champions League group stage draw:
Group A: Bayern (GER), Man United (ENG), Copenhagen (DEN), Galatasaray (TUR)
Group B: Sevilla (ESP), Arsenal (ENG), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Lens (FRA)
Group C: Napoli (ITA), Real Madrid (ESP), Braga (POR), Union Berlin (GER)
Group D: Benfica (POR), Inter (ITA), Salzburg (AUT), Real Sociedad (ESP)
Group E: Feyenoord (NED), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Lazio (ITA), Celtic (SCO)
Group F: Paris (FRA), Dortmund (GER), Milan (ITA), Newcastle (ENG)
Group G: Man City (ENG), Leipzig (GER), Crvena zvezda (SRB), Young Boys (SUI)
Group H: Barcelona (ESP), Porto (POR), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Antwerp (BEL)
These matchups promise an exciting and competitive UEFA Champions League season ahead.