Barcelona have been drawn alongside Bayern Munich, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv in Group E of the Champions League.
The Catalan giants have typically been Spain’s high ranked facet in Champions League attracts, however their failures final season meant they had been included in pot 2 this time round. Ronald Koeman’s facet wish to win the competitors for the primary time since 2015, however have a difficult group to barter in the event that they’re to make it by to the knockout levels.
As is conventional, the group levels of the Champions League get underway in mid-September, concluding within the first week of December.
Barcelona’s precise fixture record might be confirmed in the end, however overcoming a Bayern facet powered by Robert Lewandowski and managed by Julian Nagelsmann might be their stiffest take a look at. Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv are each former contributors within the knockout levels, in the meantime, and will not be missed.
Barça once more certified for Europe’s elite membership competitors by ending third in La Liga final season, although their performances within the match in the previous few seasons have been disappointing.
They had been dumped out on the final 16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain final season, dropping 5-2 on mixture with Kylian Mbappe scoring 4 of the Ligue 1 giants’ targets. The season earlier than that, they had been humiliated by Bayern Munich, dropping 8-2 within the semi finals.
This season would be the first time in years that Barça have performed within the Champions League with out Lionel Messi. The Argentine legend left the membership earlier this summer season and accomplished a transfer to PSG.
As a substitute of Messi, supervisor Koeman might be wanting in direction of the likes of Memphis Depay, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong to cause them to European glory.
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