Champions League – Press reviews of the CL group stage draw: “Brutal bombshell” for Barca

After the draw for the group stage of the Champions League, the international press is mainly looking at the return of Robert Lewandowski to Munich and Erling Haaland to Dortmund. Press reviews of the Champions League group stage draw.


Sports: “Champions League bombshell – Lewandowski will make his comeback in Munich and the Blaugrana side have to do their best to get through the group stage.”

AS: “Group draw – lucky for Madrid and Atlético. Barca expect Bayern and Inter and Sevilla, Manchester.”

Mundo Deportivo: “Brutal – Barca face a very difficult group with Bayern and the return of Lewy. Real Madrid are back in the race, easy group for Atleti, difficult group for Sevilla.”

Brand: “The Champions League draw has given Xavis Barcelona some toxic draws. Along with Sevilla, the Azulgrana side are the worst off, with the double cross with Bayern and Inter Milan promising strong emotions.”


La Gazetta dello Sport: “Inter – It couldn’t get any worse. Against Bayern and Barca you need an outstanding team. Milan – Only Chelsea is scary. Maldini is ‘satisfied’. Juve – PSG is a trap. Messi and Benfica. For Nedved it’s ‘complicated’ . Napoli – It’s possible to dream. Klopp and Ajax, but with Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia it can work.”

Corriere dello Sport: “Champions League draw – Pioli and Spaletti with half a smile. Liverpool again for Napoli. Inter in a tough group: Bayern and Barcelona.”


The team: “MISSION TO MARS – The journey to the round of 16 (outbound journey in February, return journey in March 2023). It will be exciting for Paris and Marseille. PSG have to avoid the obstacles of Juve and Benfica. For OM, which has avoided the big European stars , the mission will be complicated but possible.”


DailyMail: “Barcelona’s media mouthpiece Sport railed against Bayern Munich boss Oliver Khan for ‘FORGETTING’ a Champions League draw and accusing him of a ‘lack of respect’ for the opposition.”

Daily Telegraph: “Man City’s Haaland returns to Dortmund, Giroud and Tomori return to Chelsea. Tottenham receive a favorable draw, Celtic meet holders Real Madrid.”

Sun: “EURO STARS – Liverpool meet Rangers in a grand battle for England while Chelsea, Man City and Spurs avoid the big boys in the Champions League draw.”

Sky Sports: “Liverpool and Rangers meet in Champions League group stage battle for England; Erling Haaland faces Borussia Dortmund reunion; Chelsea draw Milan, Salzburg and Zagreb into Group E; Spurs get favorable draw with Frankfurt, Sporting and Marseille; Celtic meet holders Real Madrid in Group F.”

Guardians: “All English teams have a good chance of progressing, while Bayern Munich will test Barcelona’s return to the elite.”

Independent: “Liverpool meet Rangers in the Champions League group stage, while the draw also sees an immediate reunion between Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and his former club Borussia Dortmund.”

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