The Champions League group of death, which includes Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan, will see Robert Lewandowski play against his previous team shortly after departing.
The final is scheduled to take place in Turkey in June after the city was previously planned to host in 2020 and 2021. The draw took conducted on Thursday afternoon in Istanbul.
Last season’s competition was won by Real Madrid, who were second-favorite opponents to PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City, and
Liverpool is in route to claiming the title of 14th-time European champions.
All of those teams will once again be considered favorites, with PSG, City, and Bayern Munich seeking to eventually win their first European championships.
The toughest draw for the seeded clubs was made for Bayern, who will travel to face two of Europe’s most illustrious teams at the Nou Camp and San Siro.
Champions League Draw 2022-23:
Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers
Group B: Porto, Atlético, Leverkusen, Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern, Barcelona, Inter, Plzeň
Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting, Marseille
Group E: Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb
Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic
Group G: Man. City, Sevilla, Dortmund, Copenhagen
Group H: Paris, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa
The match itself will be filled with narrative, since the Germans have beaten their opponents multiple times in previous years, in addition to Bayern and Barca being in a group of death.
There was the 8-2 thrashing in 2020, and last year they assisted in eliminating the Spanish juggernauts at the group stage. Thomas Muller claimed Bayern’s opponents were unable to “cope” with them.
Lewandowski will play his previous team this season, only months after leaving them for Barcelona, adding an added layer of drama to the game.
Erling Haaland will play Borussia Dortmund in the group stages, so he is not the only player who will quickly return to his previous team.
The Bundesliga team and Manchester City have been partnered up once more after meeting in the quarterfinals of the 2020–21 campaign.
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