2023/2023 Uefa Champions League draw revealed
The upcoming Champions League group stage draw in full as Manchester United and Man City groups and opponents revealed
Man United and Manchester City have discovered their opponents for the group stage of the Champions League.
Group stage draw has been conducted in Monaco with interesting ties for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
United have a couple of narratives on their return to the competition with FC Copenhagen standing out for new signing Rasmus Hojlund. As well as being his old club, the Danish team is also home for his twin brothers Emil and Oscar who will be hopeful of facing their older sibling.
Harry Kane’s Bayern Munich also feature in the Reds’ group and Erik ten Hag will be hopeful the forward will not come back to England and haunt them. Galatasaray round off United’s Group A.
As for City, they will be thankful for an easier draw. They will face RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys this year.
Red Star Belgrade
Defending champions takes their place in Pot 1 as titleholders, along with Sevilla, who won the UEFA Europa League. The rest of the top pot is made up of the champions of the top six leagues as well as Feyenoord; the Eredivisie winners are promoted from Pot 3 as Pep Guardiola’s team also won the Premier League.
Pots 2-4 are built based on UEFA’s five-year coefficient score, with Newcastle United in Pot 4 as this will be their first European campaign for 11 seasons. It means the Magpies could face a tough return to the Champions League in a group against, for instance, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
One team from each pot will be drawn into a group. Teams from the same national association cannot be placed into the same group.
All 32 teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 will consist of the holders, the UEFA Europa League winners and six domestic champions. Pots 2 to 4 will be determined by the club coefficient rankings.
No team can play a side from their own association. Pairings and any other restrictions will be announced ahead of the draw.
Matchday 1: 19–20 September 2023
Matchweek 2: 3–4 October 2023
3rd group game 3: 24–25 October 2023
Fourth around matches 4: 7–8 November 2023
Matchday 5: 28–29 November 2023
Round 6: 12–13 December 2023
Round of 16: 13/14/20/21 February & 5/6/12/13 March 2024
Quarter-finals: 9/10 & 16/17 April 2024
Semi-finals: 30 April/1 May & 7/8 May 2024
Final: 1 June 2024