English sides avoid ‘the Group of Death’ in Champions League group stage draw

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English sides will be celebrating the 2022/23 Champions League group stage draw – as all four sides avoided the 'group of death'.

Liverpool were dealt a tough group: drawing Ajax, Napoli, and Rangers, but the Reds avoided the minefield of Pot 1. So too did Chelsea and Tottenham – while Manchester City, who were already in the first pot, will face Erling Haaland's former side Borussia Dortmund.

However, English sides will be counting their lucky stars they avoided Group C. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Viktoria Plzen make up 'the group of death' that throws up mouth-watering clashes on every matchday.

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Jurgen Klopp's side have the toughest task with trips to Amsterdam and Naples, as well as a eye-catching UK derby with Rangers.

Rangers are back in the big time after returning from the brink just over a decade ago. The Gers beat PSV in the Netherlands to book their ticket to the group stage in emotional scenes on Thursday evening.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side will be joined in the group stage by their bitter rivals Celtic – who were drawn alongside Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Tottenham will be counting their lucky stars, after avoiding the big boys in Pot 1, Spurs drew Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting Lisbon, and Marseille.

All three sides could cause Antonio Conte and his side a headache, but will be a welcome sight considering the sides the Lilywhites avoided. Frankfurt are the defending Europa League champions, and they claimed the scalp of Barcelona on their way to the final last season.

Spurs will be looking to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time since 2019/20.

City will kick-off their quest for a first Champions League triumph will a navigable group that include Sevilla, Dortmund, and Copenhagen.

Haaland is set for a homecoming after leaving the German side for Manchester earlier this summer. And the Norwegian has hit the ground running at City, notching three times in the Premier League this season.

Champions League draw in full

Group A





Group B

FC Porto

Atletico Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen

Club Brugge

Group C

Bayern Munich


Inter Milan

Viktoria Plzen

Group D

Eintracht Frankfurt

Tottenham Hotspur

Sporting Lisbon


Group E

AC Milan


Red Bull Salzburg

Dinamo Zagreb

Group F

Real Madrid

RB Leipzig

Shakhtar Donetsk


Group G

Manchester City


Borussia Dortmund

FC Copenhagen

Group H




Maccabi Haifa


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