Sports Desk, Aug 26 (EFE).- Uefa Champions League title holders Chelsea will begin their defense of the trophy this year in Group H alongside Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Malmo while Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain face last year’s runners up, Manchester City in Group A.
The star-studded PSG, home of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. Jr., will also come up against German club RB Leipzig and Club Brugge according to the draw, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, which was slated to host the 2020-21 final until Covid-19 forced a last-minute change to Porto.
Liverpool, winners in 2018-19, will face an old foe in Group B in the shape of Atletico Madrid. Porto and AC Milan complete the group, which is set to be one of the toughest to exit.
Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund will come up against Sporting, Ajax and Besiktas in Group C.
Newcomers Sheriff Tiraspol, based in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, will be tested in their first-ever Champions League with Group D clashes against Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Barcelona, playing in their first Champions League of the post-Messi era, await clashes against 2019-20 winners Bayern Munich, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv in Group E.
Manchester United will be looking to avenge their Europa League final loss against Villareal in Group F, which is completed by Italian side Atalanta and Swiss team Young Boys.
Sevilla, the fifth Spanish team in the competition, face Lille, Salzburg and Wolfsburg in Group G.EFE