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let the games begin 19:29, 26 Aug 2021Updated: 19:29, 26 Aug 2021THE Champions League is back as four England clubs, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City wait to see who they will face in the group stages.

Chelsea are the reining champions, having beat City in the final last season, but the Blues could land themselves in one of the toughest groups of the competition.

Start time: 5pm BST TV/Live stream: BT Sport 1 Pot 1: Chelsea, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Man City, Bayern Munich, Inter, Lille, Sporting Pot 2: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Man Utd, PSG, Liverpool, Sevilla, Dortmund Pot 3: Porto, Ajax, Atalanta, Leipzig, Zenit, Benfica, Shakhtar, RB Salzburg Pot 4: Club Brugge, Young Boys, AC Milan, Malmo, Wolfsburg, Sheriff Tiraspol, Besiktas, Dynamo Kiev JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

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THAT’S ALL FOR TONIGHT

Well, all eight groups have been drawn for this season’s Champions League!

Now it’s onto the Europa League and the Conference League draw tomorrow.

The likes of West Ham and Leicester will learn who they will face in the Group Stages of the Europa League.

And should Spurs get through tonight, they’ll be in the conference League draw.

SunSport will have you covered for it so keep an eye out.

If you’re interested in following all the latest developments on Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, then follow along without our transfer blog.

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BAYERN’S REACTION

Bayern Munich’s Argentina Twitter account have hilariously reacted to drawing Barcelona in the Group Stage.

The Bundesliga club infamously beat Barca 8-2 in the quarter-finals of the competition back in 2020.

DRAW RECAP

Here’s a recap of the whole draw.

UEFA Champions League 2021-22 group stage draw featuring Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool

GROUPS TO WATCH

Group A is looking INCREDIBLY tasty and the football world cannot wait!

Here’s a reminder of the group:

Man City PSG RB Leipzig Club Brugge Man City will take on a new look PSG side that now has one of the greatest of all time, Lionel Messi.

The Parisians have also signed legendary defender Sergio Ramos, and Italy hero Gianluigi Donnarumma.

And with the latest twist in the summer transfer window, Cristiano Ronaldo COULD be on his way to Man City!

So we could very well be getting Messi vs Ronaldo.

Equally, Group B is impressive.

Here’s a reminder of the group:

Atletico Madrid Liverpool Porto AC Milan The European pedigree in this group……. WOW!

Six-time winners Liverpool will face old foes Porto and AC Milan, whilst also taking on LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

If you’re wondering when the fixtures will be played, we’ve got you covered.

Matchday 1, 14/15 September

Matchday 2, 28/29 September

Matchday 3, 19/20 October

Matchday 4, 2/3 November

Matchday 5, 23/24 November

Matchday 6, 7/8 December

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Right, we’re onto the two final awards of the evening…. the player of the year award.

Clean sweep for Barcelona tonight in the women’s category as midfield maestro Alexia Putellas wins her second award of the evening.

And Chelsea’s Jorginho wins the men’s award after winning the Champions League, Euro 2020 and the Super Cup in one summer.

men’s recipient: Jorginho, Chelsea

Women’s recipient: Alexia Putellas, Barcelona

Credit: GETTY IMAGES MEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel has won the men’s coach of the year award after guiding his team to European glory in his first season.

Tuchel’s Chelsea also won the Super Cup.

WOMEN’S COACH OF THE YEAR

Barcelona’s Lluis Cortes has won the women’s coach of the year award!

That’s five for five in the women’s awards for Barcelona tonight. Incredible.

GROUP D

Champions League freshman Sheriff Tiraspol are drawn last in Group D.

Inter Milan Real Madrid Shakhtar Donetsk Sheriff Tiraspol That’s a wrap!

GROUP E

Dynamo Kyiv will go into Group E!

Bayern Munich Barcelona Benfica Dynamo Kyiv GROUP H

Swedish champions Malmo will play in Group H!

Chelsea Juventus Zenit Malmo GROUP A

Club Brugge find themselves in Group A!

Man City PSG RB Leipzig Club Brugge GROUP G

Wolfsburg will play in Group G!

Lille Sevilla RB Salzburg Wolfsburg GROUP B

AC Milan go into Group B!

Atletico Madrid Liverpool Porto AC Milan GROUP C

Besiktas are out second and they go into Group C.

Sporting Lisbon Borussia Dortmund Ajax Besiktas GROUP F

Young Boys are out first and they will play in Group F!

Villarreal Man Utd Atalanta Young Boys BEST FORWARD

Now onto the best men’s and women’s forward from last season’s Champions League.

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund has won the award in the men’s category.

And Barcelona are four for four, as Jennifer Hermoso wins the women’s award.

Men’s recipient: Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund

Women’s recipient: Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona.

Pot four is up next!

GROUP C

Ajax are last out of Pot three and they will be in Group C!

Sporting Lisbon Borussia Dortmund Ajax Back to the awards.

GROUP B

Porto have been drawn in Group B!

Atletico Madrid Liverpool Porto GROUP G

RB Salzburg have been drawn into Group G!

Lille Sevilla RB Salzburg GROUP F

Serie A side Atalanta will play in Group F.

Villarreal Man Utd Atalanta GROUP A

RB Leipzig have been draw into Group A!

Man City PSG RB Leipzig GROUP H

Zenit are next to be draw, and they will play in Group H!

Chelsea Juventus Zenit GROUP E

Benfica will play in Group E.

Bayern Munich Barcelona Benfica GROUP D

Shakhtar Donetsk will play in Group D.

Inter Milan Real Madrid Shakhtar Donetsk

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