The Champions League group stage draw was today after the tournament's playoff stage wrapped up yesterday. This is what we have to look forward to.
Plenty of hot takes will be coming in over the next few minutes/hours/days, so we won't point out too much right now, but a couple things are of note. First, this draw might feel a little familiar; Barcelona, for example, are matched with Paris Saint-Germain, whom they met just two years ago in the Champions League quarterfinals. Arsenal and Dortmund were drawn together last year, as were Bayern and Manchester City, who will meet in Group E.
Few of these groups look particularly fun to be in, but Chelsea landed a pretty easy slate in Group G, and Atlético and Juventus should be safe in Group A. City might struggle, because along with drawing Bayern, they got Serie A runners-up Roma, and have to travel to Russia, but the English champions should be alright. Liverpool drew Swiss kings Basel, and Real Madrid, who won this whole thing just a few months ago. Ludogorets might be fucked.
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