Champions League trophy. Credit: Getty.
Manchester City have discovered who they will play in the group stages of the 2021/22 Champions League.
The Blues, who made it to the final of the competition last season, were top seeds in Thursday’s draw and were paired with Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Club Brugge in Group A.
It means Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and co will make the journey to the Etihad this autumn and, should Cristiano Ronaldo make the move to City, would see him come up against his old foe Messi.
The two sides met in the semi-final of the competition last season, while City will face Leipzig and Brugge for the first time in their history.
Elsewhere on Thursday, City defender Ruben Dias won the award for Champions League Defender of the Year for 2020/21.
The games will be played across six separate midweek rounds of fixtures, starting on 14/15th September and concluding on 7/8th December.
Last term, City were drawn with Marseille, Olympiacos and Porto, with Pep Guardiola’s side topping the table. The Blues played Borussia Monchengladbach in the last-16, before eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the following round. City then edged a two-legged semi-final against PSG but were less successful in the final, losing to Chelsea.
Draw in full
Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge
Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan
Group C: Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol
Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev
Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: Lille, Sevilla, RB Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo