Manchester United A tough confrontation in the group stage of the Champions League after being placed alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in the draw on Thursday.
United turned an unforgettable 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 at the Parc des Princes 3-3 with away goals two seasons ago. But last season Thomas Tuchel’s team reached the final, Leipzig had reached the semi-finals, and Basaksehir became Turkey’s champion for the first time.
Drill group d Liverpool Against Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midgeland, while Group G has the potential to face Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo against each other again after Barcelona and Juventus drew together, along with Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros.
City of Manchester Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille in Group C will face Bayern Munich, the defending champion, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group A, and Chelsea in Group E with European League champions Seville, Krasnodar and Rennes.
UEFA also announced on Thursday that fans will be allowed to attend matches in the competition, although the match capacity is only 30% and according to relevant local Covid regulations. Remote audiences will not be allowed.
Earlier, the UK government stated that travel corridors for Poland and Turkey had been removed and countries added to the national quarantine list. While players and team staff are expected to remain exempt, this means any traveling media will spend 14 days in isolation if they cover United’s match in Istanbul. France is already on the list.
The opening group matches will take place on October 20-21. The first three consecutive weeks of matches before the November international break are followed by the last three rounds, which end on December 8 and 9. UEFA will publish the match schedule for the group stages on Friday.
In the draw, Chelsea’s Bernell Harder and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski won both the UEFA Women’s and Men’s Football Awards.