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Liverpool face Rangers in the Champions League group stages

Champions League draw: Liverpool to meet Rangers as Chelsea, Man City and Spurs avoid big boys in Champions League draw

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Liverpool and Rangers set for Champions League group stage battle of Britain; Erling Haaland set for Borussia Dortmund reunion; Chelsea draw Milan, Salzburg and Zagreb in Group E; Spurs handed favourable Frankfurt, Sporting, Marseille draw; Celtic drawn with holders Real Madrid in Group F

Liverpool and Rangers will meet in the Champions League group stage, while Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is set to face his old club Borussia Dortmund.

Scottish champions Celtic are in the same group as holders Real Madrid and Chelsea face AC Milan.

Eintracht Frankfurt, who are making their group stage debut, are in the same group as Tottenham.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan have been drawn in the same group.

Group stage draw in full

Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers

Group B: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Club Bruges

Group C: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen

Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille

Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, RB Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb

Group F: Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic

Group G: Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, FC Copenhagen

Group H: Paris St-Germain, Juventus, Benfica, Maccabi Haifa

Matches will take place between 6 September and 2 November.

This season’s Champions League final will take place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 June 2023.

Mixed draw for British clubs

Rangers are in the group stage for the first time in 12 years after overcoming PSV Eindhoven, and the Scottish club face two mouth-watering Group A games against six-time champions of Europe Liverpool.

Ajax and Napoli make up the rest of Group A.

As well as record 14-time winners Real Madrid, Celtic also face RB Leipzig and Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, who are playing their home games in Warsaw, Poland, because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Group F.

Tottenham will be confident of making progress after being drawn in the same group as Eintracht Frankfurt, last season’s Europa League winners, Sporting Lisbon and Marseille.

Although two-time winners Chelsea face two tough games against AC Milan, Thomas Tuchel’s side will hope to advance to the knockout stage in Group E which is also made up of RB Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.

Sevilla and FC Copenhagen also await Manchester City in Group G, while there are two heavyweight games between Paris St-Germain and Juventus in Group E.

But one of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan will miss out in Group C. The three club have been crowned champions of Europe 14 times between them..

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