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Holders Barcelona draw Arsenal, Real Madrid to face Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage



Barca have two debutantes in their group, with Chelsea facing previous winners Wolfsburg while seven-time champions Lyon take on Bayern Munich

Holders Barcelona will face Arsenal in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, with Paris Saint-Germain drawn with Real Madrid on Monday afternoon.

The Spanish champions overcame English opposition in the final in May to be crowned queens of Europe, beating Chelsea 4-0 in an incredible performance.

The Blues themselves were given a tough draw for the new season as they look to go one better than last term, taking on two-time champions Wolfsburg, who gave them a difficult quarter-final earlier this year, as well as Juventus.

Who has drawn who?

With Wolfsburg and Lyon both sitting in pot two ahead of the draw – clubs that together won all but one edition of the UWCL between 2011 and 2020 – there were always set to be huge clashes in this first round.

The French side, seven-time European champions, will face Bayern Munich in the group stage, the German champions who reached the semi-finals last season. They beat Chelsea in the first leg of that last-four tie, However, the French side fell short in London.

The inclusion of Real Madrid in pot three made the draw even more interesting. PSG had a more straightforward draw, drawing from pot two the Icelandic outfit Breidablik. But their meeting with Las Blancas is going to be very difficult.

This is the Spanish side’s first venture into Europe, with it being just the second ever season that Real Madrid have had a women’s team. However, their defeat of Manchester City in the last round of qualifying has sent a statement straight away.

Other debutantes in the competition are Koge and Hoffenheim, who both went into Group C with Arsenal and Barcelona. The former, from Denmark, beat Sparta Prague during qualifying to reach the stage. Hoffenheim, on the other hand, dispatched Rosengard, a Swedish outfit, to send a message.

When does the UWCL group stage begin?

The first games in the UWCL group stages will begin on October 5th and 6, with the top two players from each of the four categories moving on to the quarterfinals. Those final group games will be played on December 15 and 16.

Although the idea of a women’s equivalent to the Europa League has been discussed, such a competition does not exist yet, so those finishing third and fourth in their groups will be eliminated.

Group stage draw in full

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Chelsea Paris Saint-Germain Barcelona Bayern Munich
Wolfsburg Breidablik Arsenal Lyon
Juventus Real Madrid Hoffenheim Hacken
Servette Kharkiv Koge Benfica

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