CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Newcastle face group of death on their return to Europe’s top table as Man United are handed tough Bayern Munich test, Arsenal get lucky and City take on Leipzig again

Newcastle have been handed a stern test on their return to the Champions League, while Manchester United will take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League Group Stage in Group A and holders Man City take on RB Leipzig in Group G.

The draw for the 2023-24 Champions League took place on Thursday night in Monaco, with all 32 qualifiers learning their fates for the upcoming competition. 

With all of the continent’s biggest sides in action, it is sure to be a tough competition for all clubs, but Group F is arguably the ‘group of death’, which sees Paris Saint-Germain take on Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Premier League side Newcastle. 

Manchester City will have a relatively straight-forward Group G to negotiate, alongside RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys, while arch-rivals United take on Bayern Munich, Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

Last season’s Premier League runners-up Arsenal were handed a comfortable draw against Europe League champions Sevilla, PSV Eindhoven and Lens in Group B on their return to the competition after a six-year absence. 

Newcastle were handed a tough task on their return to the Champions League in Group F

Four Premier League sides featured in the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday

Four Premier League sides featured in the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday

The competition’s record winners, Real Madrid, came out of Pot 2 to be picked against Serie A holders Napoli in a mouth-watering clash, with Braga and Union Berlin making up the quartet in Group C.

Scottish champions Celtic will take on Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Eredivisie holders Feyenoord and Italian outfit Lazio in Group E.

Xavi’s Barcelona were first into Group H, where they find Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and debutants Royal Antwerp. 

Last year’s finallists Inter Milan were in the second pot, and went into Group D, where they find Portuguese champions Benfica, Austria’s RB Salzburg and Real Sociedad. 

Spain were represented by five teams, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad joined by Sevilla after they won the Europa League, easing out Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the final.

Group Stage draw in full

Group A

Bayern Munich (Ger), Manchester United (Eng), Copenhagen (Den), Galatasaray (Tur)

Group B

Sevilla (Spa), Arsenal (Eng), PSV Eindhoven (Net), Lens (Fra)

Group C 

Napoli (Ita), Real Madrid (Spa), Braga (Por), Union Berling (Ger)

Group D 

Benfica (Por), Inter Milan (Ita), RB Salzburg (Aus), Real Sociedad (Spa)

Group E

Feyenoord (Net), Atletico Madrid (Spa), Lazio (Ita), Celtic (Sco)

Group F

Paris Saint-Germain (Fra), Borussia Dortmund (Ger), AC Milan (Ita), Newcastle (Eng) 

Group G

Manchester City (Eng), RB Leipzig (Ger), Red Star Belgrade (Ser), Young Boys (Swi)

Group H

Barcelona (Spa), Porto (Por), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr), Royal Antwerp (Bel)




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