Everything you need to know about the group stage

On Thursday, the group stage of the Champions League took shape. Here’s what you need to know about this season’s group stages.

The 32 teams competing in this year’s Champions League were on Thursday divided into their eight opening round groups, which will be squeezed into a nine-week schedule this fall with the start of the World Cup in November.

Real Madrid, the holders, are favorites to repeat and are among the favorite clubs to win Europe’s top club competition alongside Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Man City and PSG have never won the trophy but are among favorites given their competitive squads. English clubs in general, such as last season’s runners-up Liverpool, are also favored as they play in the Premier League, arguably the best domestic competition in the world.

The draw took place in the Turkish city of Istanbul, home of this year’s UCL final, which is set to be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. The final is scheduled for June 10th.

Here’s what you need to know about the group stage.

What are the groups like?

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli and Glasgow Rangers
Group B: Porto, Atlético Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Club Brugge
Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​​​Inter Milan and Viktoria Pilsen
Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham, 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 Copenhagen
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Benfica and Maccabi Haifa

When are the games played?

1st matchday: 6th-7th Sept
2nd matchday: 13th/14th Sept
Matchday 3: 4th-5th Oct
4th match day: 11.-12.10
5th match day: 25.-26.10
6th matchday: 1st-2nd Nov

How are teams progressing?

The top two teams in each group, 16 in total, advance to the round of 16 after six matchdays. The round of 16 is part of the knockout round, which ends when two teams reach the final.

What’s new this season?

UEFA has banned Russian clubs from the competition over the country’s invasion of Ukraine. As a result, Scottish champions Celtic – along with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk – all entered the group stage automatically rather than through the playoff round.

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John Verrall

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