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Champions League draw results: Barcelona, Bayern, Inter in group of death; Haaland's Man City to face Dortmund

The UEFA Champions League draw took place on Thursday, and it treated us with some significant reunions in the group stage. Robert Lewandowski will face his former club Bayern Munich after the German giants were placed with his new club Barcelona in Group C. Those two teams are in the consensus group of death with Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen joining them. Additionally, Erling Haaland will play for Manchester City against his former club Borussia Dortmund as they were placed in Group G with Sevilla and FC Copenhagen. Angel Di Maria, who recently joined Juventus, is set to face his old club Paris Saint-Germain.

Reigning champions Real Madrid received a favorable draw with RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic while Liverpool, last season's runners-up, are in Group A with Ajax, Napoli and Rangers. The Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt may have a favorable chance at advancing from Group D alongside Sporting CP, Tottenham Hotspur and Olympique de Marseille.

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Here are the groups:

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

Here are some takeaways from the draw:

1. The consensus Group of Death

Sure, the Lewandowski-Bayern Munich homecoming will headline the group, but expect Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen to bring tough tests. Inter Milan have gotten stronger with Romelu Lukaku's return from Chelsea and keeping Milan Skriniar will improve their outlook. The third-placed team in the group will certainly be among the favorites to win Europa League and there's a chance that all four teams could win their domestic leagues by the end of the season, which should keep everyone on their toes. It seems unlikely to imagine a scenario where Sergino Dest finds his way into Xavi's plan by the time the group stage arrives. USMNT fans might be dreaming of a scenario where the young American is up for the challenge against teams of this stature on one of the biggest stages.

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2. Pulisic gets the best draw for an American

Chelsea and AC Milan are the expected favorites to advance from a group that also includes RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb. Salzburg were strong last season, but the departures of Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Mohamed Camara (Monaco) and Rasmus Kristensen (Leeds United) certainly leave holes in the Red Bull pipeline. Chelsea have had a rough start to the season, but they should right the ship sooner than later. A good draw will give them more times to work the kinks out. It's also a notable pairing considering Chelsea have sold Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud to Milan and are currently linked with Rafael Leao.

3. Shakhtar and Real Madrid, together again

Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk are no strangers to each other. This is the third consecutive season where these two have managed to share the same group. Shakhtar have not advanced in the previous two tries, but did manage to sweep Real in 2020. Would the third time be the charm for the Ukrainian outfit? With RB Leipzig and Celtic in Group F, anything could happen. That also bodes well for Cameron Carter-Vickers as he'll look to anchor Celtic's defense against the reigning champions. For the first time since the 2007-08 season, we will have two Scottish participants in the group stage as Celtic and Rangers will push to advance from their groups.

4. An American derby in Group H

Alongside PSG and Benfica, Weston McKennie and Juventus will face goalkeeper Josh Cohen and Maccabi Haifa. The Israeli side reached the group stage after winning their final playoff over Red Star Belgrade on a late own goal after the two teams scored nine goals across the two legs. Facing Juventus will be a different level of competition. For Cohen, this could be one of the biggest moments of the 30-year-old's career squaring off with McKennie and Juventus.

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Live updates

All groups are complete

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli and Rangers

Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge

Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Viktoria Plzen

Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur, Sporting CP and Olympique Marseille

Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic

Group G: Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen

Group H: PSG, Juventus, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa

Group E is complete

There's a clear top two in AC Milan and Chelsea but RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb will look to cause issues.

Rangers will finish Group A

James Sands and Malik Tillman will have quite the job facing Ajax, Liverpool and Napoli.

Owen Otasowie and Club Brugge to Group B

Completing a group of Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen.

Group G is complete with FC Copenhagen

They'll join Manchester City, Sevilla, and Dortmund.

Olympique Marseille close Group D

This is anyone's group with Frankfurt, Tottenham and Sporting joining them.

Celtic head to Group F

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic will close out a group of Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, and Shakhtar Donetsk

After the end of pot 3

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli 

Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen

Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan

Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur, Sporting CP

Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea,RB Salzburg

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk

Group G: Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund

Group H: PSG, Juventus, Benfica

Bayer Leverkusen are in Group B

They're drawn with Atletico Madrid and Porto making this a group that they can certainly advance from.

Group G gets Borussia Dortmund

With City, Sevilla and now Dortmund, another tough group forming. 

Benfica to Group H

Without Darwin Nunez, toppling PSG and Juventus will be quite a task.

RB Salzburg to group E

Joining Chelsea and AC Milan, Salzburg will be underdogs again as they look to cope without Brenden Aaronson.

Napoli will head to group A

Ajax, Liverpool, and Napoli is already a group where the third placed team could win Europa League.

A look at the groups so far

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool

Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid

Group C: Bayern, Barcelona

Group D: Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur

Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig

Group G: Manchester City, Sevilla

Group H: PSG, Juventus

Atletico Madrid to Group B

Joining Porto this could be one of the more balanced groups.

Chelsea to Group E

Joining AC Milan, can the Blues shake off their start to the season.

Barcelona to Group C

Robert Lewandowski will already return to Bayern Munich with Barcelona.

Sevilla head to Group G

Joining Manchester City, strong groups are forming.

Liverpool are in Group A

Joining Ajax these will surely be exciting ties.

Tottenham Hotspur head to Group F

Getting back into Champions League, Antonio Conte will be happy to be drawn with Frankfurt.

PSG lead off Group H

They're joined by Juventus in a group that is starting off quite strong.

Is this Manchester City's year in Group G

The Champions League has eluded Pep Guardiola in Manchester.

Real Madrid lead Group F

The reigning champs will be joined by RB Leipzig as well. 

AC Milan Lead Group E

Reigning Scudetto Holders, AC Milan want to emerge from the group stage this season.

Group D will be led by Eintracht Frankfurt

After Europa League triumph, can Frankfurt cope with the increase in competition?

Group C kicks off with Bayern Munich

Running away with the Bundesliga, they now want a Champions League title 

Porto lead Group B

Winning the Portuguese league last season, Porto are in pot one

Ajax are in Group A

After rising to pot one, the Dutch Club are the first team drawn

Here come the groups. A reminder of the pots:

Pot 1: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, and Ajax.

Pot 2: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig and Tottenham Hotspur.

Pot 3: Borussia Dortmund, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting and Bayer Leverkusen.

Pot 4: Rangers, Dinamo Zagreb, Marseille, Copenhagen, Club Brugge, Celtic, Viktoria Plzen and Maccabi Haifa.

We're almost underway

The stage is set in Turkey for the draw to determine the teams in each group.

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