Champions League group stage draw CONFIRMED: Erling Haaland returns to Borussia Dortmund while Battle of Britain sees Liverpool take on Rangers and Celtic face Real Madrid

    Erling Haaland will be heading back to Borussia Dortmund while Liverpool face Rangers in the Champions League group stages.

    Tottenham have been drawn with Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and Chelsea will meet former players Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori with seven-time winners and Italian champions AC Milan.

    Haaland will be heading right back to former side Dortmund

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    Haaland will be heading right back to former side Dortmund

    While Rangers face Liverpool in their return to Europe’s top tier

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    While Rangers face Liverpool in their return to Europe’s top tier

    The Scottish sides have had an interesting fate, taking on last season’s finalists, with Rangers facing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Celtic meeting champions Real Madrid.

    There is plenty of drama elsewhere with Robert Lewandowski heading back to Bayern Munich with Barcelona and Angel Di Maria visiting former side Paris Saint-Germain with Juventus.

    The Champions League will spring into life next month with the first round of group stage fixtures scheduled to take place on September 6/7.

    Real Madrid claimed European glory once again last season, beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final thanks to Vinicius Junior’s strike.

    Los Blancos are now ready to kick off their title defence and will be joined by Europe’s big guns once more.

    City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs are the Premier League’s representatives, while Celtic and Rangers have also made it – the first time since 2007 two Scottish teams have reached the group stage.

    Celtic will take on 14-time winners Real Madrid along with Leipzig and Shakhtar

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    Celtic will take on 14-time winners Real Madrid along with Leipzig and Shakhtar

    The final will be staged at the 75,000-capacity Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, home of the Turkey national team.

    It famously hosted the 2005 showpiece, when Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan on penalties in a match branded the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’.

    The Champions League final will return to the home of Liverpool’s thrilling comeback against Milan

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    The Champions League final will return to the home of Liverpool’s thrilling comeback against Milan

    Istanbul had been due to host the 2020 final, but this was moved to Lisbon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Below you can see the 2021/22 Champions League group stage draw in full…

    Champions League group stage draw

    Group A: Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers

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

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

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

    Group E: AC Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, GNK Dinamo

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

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

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

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