Champions League draw: Newcastle faces Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Milan in Group F

Pep Guardiola holding the UEFA Champions League trophy
Manchester City defeated Inter Milan in the Champions League final last season in Istanbul

Newcastle United will play European giants Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan in Group F of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League.

In the group stage for the first time since the 2002-03 season, Newcastle will face three teams, all of whom have reached at least one final in the last 16 years.

Manchester United will play Bayern Munich, while defending champions Manchester City are in the same group with Leipzig.

Arsenal were drawn with Sevilla, and Celtic faced Atletico Madrid.

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The full group stage draw

Group A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Copenhagen, Galatasaray

Group B: Seville, arsenal, BSV Eindhoven, RC Lens

Group C: Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin

Group D: Benfica, Inter Milan, Salzburg, Real Sociedad

Group E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio. Celtic

Group F: Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Milan, Newcastle

Group G: manchester city, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young Boys

Group H: Barcelona, ​​Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp

The group stages will take place from September 19 to December 13, with the final at Wembley on June 1.

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The magpie faces a grueling return to the Champions League

Newcastle’s long-awaited return to Europe’s elite competition was much anticipated after they finished fourth in the Premier League last season – but the team’s draw could hardly have been more difficult.

Eddie Howe’s side will play Paris Saint-Germain, who reached the final in 2020, the seven-time European champions and AC Milan, who reached the semi-finals last season, in Group F.

They will also play Borussia Dortmund, who won the championship in 1997 and reached the final as recently as 10 years ago.

The Gunners, who also returned to the competition for the first time since 2016-17, will face Eindhoven and French club Lens, as well as European League winners Sevilla in Group Two.

By contrast, Manchester City’s draw looks relatively good, with RB Leipzig, Swiss Young Boys and 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade joining them in Group G.

Manchester United were drawn against German champions Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 1999 final, with Copenhagen and Galatasaray in Group A.

Celtic plays alongside Atletico Madrid with Lazio and Feyenoord, the Dutch champion, in Group E.

Newcastle can look forward to some special nights on Tyneside.

BBC Sport’s chief football writer, Phil McNulty:

Newcastle United’s return to the Champions League gave them the toughest group to move into the knockout stage after the draw in Monaco.

Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan await Eddie Howe’s side in Group F, and while this presents the toughest of tests, it also offers the prospect of some truly special nights on Tyneside as Newcastle try to show their newfound ambitions against the elite. opposition.

The rest of the Premier League clubs will be cautiously optimistic about progress while Newcastle will hope the frantic atmosphere at St James’ Park fuels their bid to reach the last 16.

Manchester United will face England captain Harry Kane when they face Bayern Munich, but Copenhagen and Galatasaray offer a real chance to advance.

Arsenal will face a specialist European side and Europa League holders Sevilla, but a group that also includes PSV, convincing winners over Glasgow Rangers, and Lens, should not feel daunted.

Meanwhile, Manchester City, the defending champion, will be the favorite to reach the round of sixteen and top their group, as they will play with RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Swiss Young Boys.

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