The Champions League opens the “closed page” with upcoming clashes

 The Champions League opens the “closed page” with upcoming clashes

The Champions League opens the “closed page” with upcoming clashes

Next Thursday, attention will turn to the Turkish city of Istanbul, which will host the draw for the group stage of the European Champions League in its new season (2022-2023).

The most prominent European clubs are in the draw, led by the defending champion Real Madrid, which portends strong early confrontations, especially between the first and second level teams.


And present in the first level: Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Ajax.

The second level includes: "Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Seville, Leipzig and Tottenham."

It is located in the third level: "Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Napoli, Sporting Lisbon and Bayer Leverkusen."

As for the fourth level, so far, "Club Brugge and Celtic" are present, and Marseille has not decided which classification will be between the third and fourth, pending the completion of the rest of the qualified teams.

Upcoming clashes

The big clubs supported their ranks with prominent deals this summer, in order to compete fiercely for titles, which brings us closer to expected confrontations between players and their previous clubs during the next edition of the tournament.

In view of the players' potential confrontations against their previous clubs, there is Antonio Rudiger, who joined Real Madrid on a free transfer from Chelsea, and the German defender previously won the Champions League with the Blues in the season (2020-2021).

Among the deals that received great interest this summer, the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland moved from the ranks of Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, and his best achievement in the tournament with Dortmund was reaching the quarter-finals of the season (2020-2021).

Robert Lewandowski's transfer from Bayern Munich to Barcelona for 45 million euros also caused a sensation, and Leva had previously won the championship title in the season (2019-2020) with the Bavarian giant.

As for Bayern Munich, it succeeded in signing Senegalese star Sadio Mane from the ranks of Liverpool for 32 million euros, and the Senegalese won the championship title with the Reds in the 2018-2019 season, and reached the final twice seasons (2017-2018) and (2021-2022).

Juventus continued his favorite hobby in free deals, by kidnapping Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain, as the Argentine had previously reached the final of the tournament with the Parisian team in the 2019-2020 season.

Chelsea supported its defense by including Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly from Naples for 33 million pounds, and his best results in the European Championship came with the Italian team, reaching the round of 16 twice seasonally (2016-2017) and (2019-2020).

Barcelona signed Ivorian Frank Kessie after the end of his contract with Milan, and he did not participate in the Champions League only last season, and bid him farewell with the Rossoneri from the group stage.

Liverpool replaced Mane's departure by signing Uruguayan Darwin Nunez from Benfica for 75 million euros, and his former team may face if Benfica overcomes Dynamo Kyiv in the preliminary round, and Nunez did not participate in the Champions League only last season and reached the quarter-finals.

Tottenham signed Ivan Perisic from Inter on a free transfer, and he did not achieve great success in the Champions League with the Nerazzurri, only to reach the round of 16 last season.

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