Liverpool draw Rangers in Champions League group stages, Man City get Borussia Dortmund | Football News

Liverpool and Rangers will meet in a battle of Britain in the Champions League after being paired in Group A.

The Scottish facet, who overcame PSV on Wednesday to qualify for the group phases, will face the Reds for the primary time in a aggressive match, in addition to group video games in opposition to Dutch champions Ajax and Italian facet Napoli.

Erling Haaland will get a speedy reunion with former membership Borussia Dortmund after Manchester City, final season’s overwhelmed semi-finalists, have been drawn in opposition to the German membership, Sevilla and FC Copenhagen in Group G.

Chelsea will come up in opposition to former defender Fikayo Tomori after the 2021 winners have been paired with AC Milan in Group E. Thomas Tuchel’s facet may even face Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb and can be favourites to progress to the knockout stage.

Tottenham, finalists in 2019 and again in the competitors for the primary time since 2020, have been handed a beneficial wanting draw alongside Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon, and Marseille in Group D.

Scottish champions Celtic will face Champions League holders Real Madrid in a glamour tie in Group F, together with matches in opposition to RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk as they return to the group stage for the primary time since 2017.

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This season’s Champions League group phases will get underway on the midweek of September 6-7

Champions League group-stage draw in full

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers.
Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Brugge.
Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, V Plzen.
Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting, Marseille.
Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb.
Group F: Real Madrid, Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic.
Group G: Man City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Copenhagen.
Group H: PSG, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa.

Boyd: Liverpool group A favourites | Rangers have an opportunity of progressing

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Kris Boyd analyses the Champions League group stage draw together with his former facet Rangers drawn in opposition to Liverpool, Napoli and Ajax.

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd talking on Sky Sports News:

“I think when you get to this stage of the competition you’re just delighted to be there.

“To draw Liverpool, a Battle of Britain, I’m positive the boys can be wanting ahead to it. It’s an awesome event for Rangers to again in the elite degree of European competitors after a very long time away from it. Confidence was constructed from an excellent run final yr [to the Europa League final], however with Ajax and Napoli as effectively it makes for an awesome group.

“When you look at some of the groups – it could have been a lot worse, but it will be difficult. With Ajax Calvin Bassey will be going back to Ibrox as well, so soon after leaving for that massive transfer fee, so I’m sure he’s looking forward to that. Liverpool will be a great occasion with two clubs with great history going head-to-head, I’m sure that’ll be one everyone is tuning in for. Napoli were third last year in Serie A and have started the season really well. You would expect Liverpool to win the group and the rest we’ll wait and see what happens, but Rangers will be in there with a fighting chance.

“We’ve heard some top-class gamers discuss Champions League nights in Glasgow, at Ibrox and Celtic Park. It stays with you without end. They are two particular stadiums that generate some quantity of noise and environment. I’m positive Rangers can be wanting ahead to welcoming the groups they have coming as a result of it has been a very long time. Everyone’s spoken about what the environment did in the Europa League, we noticed it once more in opposition to Union to knock them out of the Champions League qualifiers so I feel it might play a giant half. The gamers although, particularly at Liverpool, are used to enjoying in a giant environment so the Rangers followers will simply be wanting ahead to listening to that Champions League track as soon as once more as a result of it has been a protracted, very long time coming.”

Jenz: Celtic Park environment offers us an opportunity vs Real Madrid

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Defender Moritz Jenz says Celtic will take their sport to all of their opponents in the Champions League after being drawn in opposition to defending champions Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Celtic defender Moritz Jenz talking on Sky Sports News:

“Obviously it’s a fantastic draw. To get the reigning champions of the Champions League to come to Celtic Park I think is something the fans have been dreaming about. Everybody knows Real Madrid, they are the big ones in the Champions League and it’ll be great. At home at Celtic Park with all the atmosphere we’re looking forward to it.

“I feel it will be a tough sport, however we’ll work exhausting, we’ll do our greatest and I feel with the environment at dwelling we may have an opportunity.

“It’s a very interesting group and a very competitive group. They are all very good teams, but we will focus and work hard. I think we should have respect for the other teams. They are all fantastic teams and it’ll be difficult, but we know we will have our chances and we will take them.

“I’m wanting ahead to it loads as a result of I’ve been listening to from the opposite gamers concerning the Champions League nights at Celtic Park. I’ve been watching the video games on YouTube, Barcelona for instance. I simply cannot wait to listen to the anthem of the Champions League and the large roar earlier than it. It’ll be superb and I’m wanting ahead to it. I feel it is unimaginable, it’s a must to be right here and it will likely be incredible.

“We will play our way, our attacking football, be brave and do our best. I think it’s a dream of every player (to score in the Champions League) and if I have the chance I will do it and celebrate as much as I can.”

Champions League draw in numbers

  • 8 – Man City have received every of their final eight Champions League dwelling video games in opposition to German opponents; these eight video games have seen a mixed 39 objectives, with City scoring 30 and conceding 9.
  • 3 – Each of the final three European conferences between Chelsea and Milan have been drawn, with their final coming in the 1999-00 Champions League first group stage.
  • 2007-08 – This season would be the first to see each Celtic and Rangers compete in the Champions League since 2007-08.
  • 2 – Barcelona have simply received two of their 13 european video games in opposition to Bayern Munich (D2 L9), however these wins have been in the Champions League the Nou Camp (April 2009 & May 2015).
  • 3 – Real Madird have received two Champions League in three editions they have been drawn with Shakhtar (2015/16 & 2021/22), reaching the semi-finals in the opposite one (2020/21).

When are the group stage video games?

The full fixture record for the group stage can be revealed after the draw however UEFA has confirmed the matchday dates.

Matchday 1: September 6/7
Matchday 2: September 13/14
Matchday 3: October 4/5
Matchday 4: October 11/12
Matchday 5: October 25/26
Matchday 6: November 1/2

Who Liverpool and Man City play earlier than and after CL ties

Liverpool face a number of powerful Premier League fixtures after enjoying Champions League group stage ties.

Jurgen Klopp’s facet will journey to Chelsea following their second group match after which head to Arsenal following their third.

Who Liverpool play earlier than and after CL…

  • Matchday 1: September 6/7 – Everton (a) earlier than, Wolves (h) after
  • Matchday 2: September 13/14 – Wolves (h) earlier than, Chelsea (a) after
  • Matchday 3: October 4/5 – Brighton (h) earlier than, Arsenal (a) after
  • Matchday 4: October 11/12 – Arsenal (a) earlier than, Man City (h) after
  • Matchday 5: October 25/26 – Forest (a) earlier than, Leeds (h) after
  • Matchday 6: November 1/2 – Leeds (h) earlier than, Tottenham (a) after

Their tough run does not cease there as then Liverpool host Manchester City after their fourth Champions League group tie earlier than going to Tottenham as soon as Group A has concluded.

Manchester City’s fixture run appears to be like extra beneficial. They welcome Spurs after their first Group G match and host Manchester United earlier than their third Champions League fixture.

Who Man City play earlier than and after CL…

  • Matchday 1: September 6/7 –Villa (a) earlier than, Tottenham (h) after
  • Matchday 2: September 13/14 – Tottenham (h) earlier than, Wolves (a) after
  • Matchday 3: October 4/5 – Man Utd (h) earlier than, Southampton (h) after
  • Matchday 4: October 11/12 – Southampton (h) earlier than, Liverpool (a) after
  • Matchday 5: October 25/26 – Brighton (h) earlier than, Leicester (a) after
  • Matchday 6: November 1/2 – Leicester (a) earlier than, Fulham (h) after

When is the Champions League round-of-16 draw?

The round-of-16 draw will happen on November 7 at 12pm CET in Nyon, Switzerland.

All the important thing Champions League dates

Istanbul will host the 2023 Champions League ultimate

The 2022/23 Champions League ultimate will happen on June 10, 2023 on the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, which was the venue for Liverpool’s well-known comeback victory over AC Milan in 2005.

Round of 16: February 14/15/21/22 & March 7/8/14/15, 2023
Quarter-finals: April 11/12 & 18/19, 2023
Semi-finals: May 9/10 & 16/17, 2023
Final: June 10, 2023 (Istanbul, Turkey)

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