Chris Sutton on the Champions League draw: PSG will fear what Manchester City can do to them

The draw for the group stage of the Champions League was made, Thursday, with four English teams discovering their fate at the start of their European campaign this season.

title holders Chelsea Two dates delivered with Italian giants Juventus After winning last season’s competition in May, with Malmö and Zenit St Petersburg, the other two teams in their group.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City have some high-profile rivalries with PSG to look forward to, with RB Leipzig and Club Brugges waiting for them in the fall, while Liverpool have to play. AC MilanPorto and Atletico Madrid.

Chris Sutton gives his verdict on the performance of English teams in the Champions League this year

Chelsea are the European champions after beating Manchester City in the May final

Chelsea are the European champions after beating Manchester City in the May final

Manchester United meet Unai Emery’s Villarreal later this year after losing to the Spanish side in the Europa League final, while Italy’s Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys are also heading to Old Trafford.

With the lottery now over, Sportsmail columnist Chris Stone His verdict on England’s performance in the group stage this season…

Group A

ManchesterParis Saint-Germain, Leipzig, Club Brugge

Manchester City’s Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi, anyone?

Pep Guardiola has indicated that he will leave in 2023, so time is running out for him to achieve his goal of winning the Champions League.

He has never failed to get out of the groups and while this is a tough group of teams, City should reach the knockout stages.

City will face Paris Saint-Germain again after beating them in the semi-finals last season

City will face Paris Saint-Germain again after beating them in the semi-finals last season

Of course it won’t be easy. Even if they lose Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain is a team full of talent under Mauricio Pochettino.

Jesse Marsh is an exciting date at RB Leipzig, and Philippe Clement’s Club Bruges is the champion of Belgium.

But can City get out of this group? Absolutely. Every opponent, even PSG, will fear what he can do to them.

group b

Atletico Madrid, LiverpoolPorto, Milan

There’s no shortage of storylines in this collection, right?

Atlético Madrid is the champion of the League, who owns Luis Suarez in the offensive line. Now he’ll be looking forward to sinking his teeth (sorry, he couldn’t resist) at his old club.

A Liverpool match against Milan, Part III. Their first meeting was a 3-3 draw in the final in Istanbul in 2005. The second meeting between them was a 2-1 defeat in the final in Athens in 2007.

Jurgen Klopp (right) will face Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid later this year

Jurgen Klopp (right) will face Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid later this year

Now we’ll see who comes out on top beyond the neutral places. I’m sure the atmosphere at those team games will be electric.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have never lost to Porto. This is a tough group – full of potential pitfalls – and last season was not planned with Jurgen Klopp.

But the fans are back at Anfield and Klopp can inspire his players again.

group F.

Manchester UnitedVillarreal, Atalanta, Young Boys

There will be embarrassing pressure on Manchester United after the way they were knocked out in the Champions League group stage last season.

They were at the top of Group H, and sat beautifully after winning three of their four matches – and then collapsed.

Back-to-back defeats against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig led to their relegation to the European League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t want to see any of that this time around, especially as this group calls for United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) hopes Man United can move past the group this time

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) hopes Man United can move past the group this time

They could even use their penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal in last season’s Europa League final as an added incentive for revenge.

Young Boys have won four Swiss league titles in a row, but United must beat them. Atalanta is dangerous but again, it can be overcome.

Anything other than progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League should count as a disappointment for Solskjaer and United.

group h

ChelseaJuventus, Zenit St Petersburg, Malmo

Great set for Chelsea, this one. They’ve avoided the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Barcelona…Juventus are very tough opponents, but they probably wouldn’t have a danger to Cristiano Ronaldo to annoy them.

Malmo and Zenit St Petersburg – another long journey for the fans – should be considered matches to be won.

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea must face Juventus this fall as the Blues try to defend their title

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea must face Juventus this fall as the Blues try to defend their title

In general, if I were a Chelsea fan, I would be very happy. During Thursday’s draw, Thomas Tuchel was named Men’s Coach of the Year while Jorginho was named Player of the Year.

They won the Champions League last season, only getting stronger with the addition of Romelu Lukaku.

This year’s final will be played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The last time Russia hosted the final was in 2008, when Chelsea faced Manchester United.

I’m sure Tuchel will target another appearance on the show. At the very least, they have to go through the knockout stages.

Other Champions League groups

group C

Sporting Lisbon, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax Besiktas

group d

Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol

group E.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona, ​​Benfica and Dynamo Kiev

Group G

Lille, Seville, Salzburg, Wolfsburg

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