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2023/24 Champions League draw: Newcastle face tough challenge

31 Aug 2023
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Magpies to face PSG, Barcelona and Milan, while Man Utd meet Bayern, Man City and Arsenal given easier groups

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Four Premier League clubs learnt their opponents in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League after the group stage draw took place, with Newcastle United being given arguably the hardest challenge.

Premier League clubs' UCL groups
Group A Group B Group F Group G
Bayern Munich Sevilla Paris Saint-Germain Man City
Man Utd Arsenal Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig
Copenhagen PSV Eindhoven AC Milan Red Star Belgrade
Galatasaray Lens Newcastle Young Boys

Newcastle, back in the competition after two decades, have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan, whose former player Sandro Tonali is set to have an immediate reunion with the club he left in the summer.

Defending champions Manchester City have been handed what appears to be a favourable set of matches. Pep Guardiola's side will face RB Leipzig, whom they faced last season and from bought Josko Gvardiol from. Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys are the other two teams in group G.

City are aiming to become the first English side to retain the trophy since Nottingham Forest in 1980.

There was further delight for Man City at the ceremony in Monaco, as Guardiola was named UEFA Men's Coach of the Year, while Erling Haaland won Men's Player of the Year.

Elsewhere, Arsenal, returning to the competition for the first time since 2016/17, also appear to have a less difficult draw than Newcastle. They will take on last season's UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla, PSV Eindhoven and Lens.

Manchester United have been drawn against Harry Kane's Bayern Munich, as well as Copenhagen, one of new signing Rasmus Hojlund's former clubs, and Turkish side Galatasaray.

Dates for UCL group stage matches

Tuesday 19 September
17:45 AC Milan v Newcastle
20:00 Man City v Red Star Belgrade

Wednesday 20 September
20:00 Bayern Munich v Man Utd
20:00 Arsenal v PSV

Tuesday 3 October
20:00 Man Utd v Galatasaray
20:00 Lens v Arsenal

Wednesday 4 October
20:00 Newcastle v PSG
20:00 RB Leipzig v Man City

Tuesday 24 October
20:00 Man Utd v Copenhagen
20:00 Sevilla v Arsenal

Wednesday 25 October
20:00 Newcastle v Borussia Dortmund
20:00 Young Boys v Man City

Tuesday 7 November
17:45 Borussia Dortmund v Newcastle
20:00 Man City v Young Boys

Wednesday 8 November
20:00 Copenhagen v Man Utd
20:00 Arsenal v Sevilla

Tuesday 28 November
20:00 PSG v Newcastle
20:00 Man City v RB Leipzig

Wednesday 29 November
17:45 Galatasaray v Man Utd
20:00 Arsenal v Lens

Tuesday 12 December
17:45 PSV v Arsenal
20:00 Man Utd v Bayern Munich

Wednesday 13 December
17:45 Red Star Belgrade v Man City
20:00 Newcastle v AC Milan

The final will take place on 1 June 2024 at Wembley Stadium.

PL clubs in Europa League and Europa Conference League

Premier League clubs in the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League and 2023/24 UEFA Europa Conference League will learn their group opponents on Friday.

Liverpool are in the Europa League, a competition they reached the final of in 2016 and are joined by Brighton & Hove Albion, who are entering European competition for the first time in their history, and West Ham United, who qualified after beating Fiorentina in the final of the Europa Conference League.

Aston Villa will hope to emulate West Ham's success in the Europa Conference League. They qualified for the group stages after resoundingly beating Hibernian 8-0 on aggregate.

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