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BREAKING: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan make up Champions League group of death

Ryan Sidle

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BREAKING: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan make up Champions League group of death

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan were handed a group of death in the Champions League, that will see Robert Lewandowski face his former club soon after leaving.

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The draw took place in Istanbul on Thursday afternoon, with the final set to take place in Turkey next June, after the city was initially supposed to host in 2020 and 2021.

Real Madrid won last season's competition, having been second favourites against PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and

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Liverpool on the way to winning the title of European champions for the 14th time.

Those teams will all be amongst the favourites again this year, with PSG and City hoping to finally win their first European titles, with Bayern Munich will be another expected to compete.

And Bayern were given the toughest of the draws for the seeded teams, as they will be heading to the Nou Camp and San Siro to take on two of Europe's most prestigious teams.

Group A

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Ajax

Liverpool

Napoli

Rangers

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Liverpool and Napoli have faced each other in recent Champions League times. Image: Alamy
Liverpool and Napoli have faced each other in recent Champions League times. Image: Alamy

Group B

Porto

Atletico Madrid

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Bayer Leverkusen

Club Brugge

Atletico Madrid went out of last year's competition in a fiery match against Manchester City. Image: Alamy
Atletico Madrid went out of last year's competition in a fiery match against Manchester City. Image: Alamy

Group C

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Bayern Munich

Barcelona

Inter Milan

Viktoria Plzen

Lewandowski has scored for Bayern against Barcelona in the Champions League. Image: Alamy
Lewandowski has scored for Bayern against Barcelona in the Champions League. Image: Alamy

Group D

Eintracht Frankfurt

Tottenham Hotspur

Sporting

Marseille

Frankfurt are the Europa League holders. Image: Alamy
Frankfurt are the Europa League holders. Image: Alamy

Group E

AC Milan

Chelsea

Red Bull Salzburg

Dinamo Zagreb

Can Ibra finally win the Champions League. Image: Alamy
Can Ibra finally win the Champions League. Image: Alamy

Group F

Real Madrid

RB Leipzig

Shakhtar Donetsk

Celtic

Can Real win a 15th title? Image: Alamy
Can Real win a 15th title? Image: Alamy

Group G

Manchester City

Sevilla

Borussia Dortmund

FC Copenhagen

Haaland will be playing against his former team. Image: Alamy
Haaland will be playing against his former team. Image: Alamy

Group H

PSG

Juventus

Benfica

Maccabi Haifa

Can PSG's forward trio lead them to their first European title? Image: Alamy
Can PSG's forward trio lead them to their first European title? Image: Alamy

As well as Bayern and Barca being in a group of death, the game itself will be full of narrative, with the Germans having the better of their rivals several times in recent years.

There was the 8-2 battering in 2020 and last year they helped knock the Spanish giants out at the group stages, with Thomas Muller claiming their opponents couldn't 'cope' with Bayern.

This season the match will come with an extra level of intrigue, with Lewandowski returning to face his former side, just months after leaving them for Barca.

He isn't the only player who will make a quick return to his former club in the group stages, with Erling Haaland set to take on Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga club have once again been paired with Manchester City, having faced them in the quarter final stage in the 2020/21 season.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport/UEFA

Topics: Champions League, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona

Ryan Sidle
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