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Chelsea and Arsenal Women face tough Champions League groups… with the Blues taking on European giants PSG and Real Madrid, while the Gunners face the ultimate test against retainers Lyon
- The draw for the Women’s Champions League took place on Monday
- Chelsea are in the same group as PSG and Real Madrid
- Arsenal also have a tough draw as they face defending champion Lyon
- The first round of group matches will take place later this month
Chelsea and Arsenal have both faced tough draws in the women’s Champions League, with the Blues taking on Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, while the Gunners will take on Lyon.
Emma Hayes’ side were dramatically knocked out of the group stage last season when they were beaten 4-0 by Wolfsburg in their last game. Chelsea only needed three goals to avoid defeat to progress.
Arsenal reached the quarter-finals, but were also eliminated by Wolfsburg. The Gunners will face not only Lyon but also Italian champions Juventus – who are led by their former coach Joe Montemurro. It will be Montemurro’s first game against Arsenal since he left the club in 2021.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea is in the same group as PSG and Real Madrid
Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal have also faced a tough group with holders Lyon
TREKKING FULL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid, Vllaznia
Wolfsburg, Slavia Praha, St. Polten, Roma
Lyon, Arsenal, Juventus, Zurich
Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Rosengard, Benfica
Chelsea faced PSG in the quarterfinals in 2019. The occasion was marred by the PSG ‘ultras’ who traveled to watch the game in Kingsmeadow, with one coach being sent away from the stadium. The Metropolitan Police said at the time that “knives and knuckledusters” were recovered while a man was arrested for possession of Class A drugs.
PSG have had a turbulent year after the arrest of former player Aminata Diallo, who has been arrested and charged with a ‘planned and premeditated’ attack on her ex-team-mate Kheira Hamraoui.
Elsewhere in the group, Chelsea will face Real Madrid for the first time. The Spaniards eliminated Manchester City in qualifying.
Caroline Weir, who came to Real from City in the summer, is in good form, scoring twice against Chelsea in the Continental Cup final last season.
The last team to form Group A is Albanian side Vllaznia, while the fourth team in Arsenal’s group is Swiss club FC Zurich.
There will be a Lionesses reunion in Group D, with Barcelona going up against Bayern Munich. Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh both signed for the Catalans this summer, while Georgia Stanway made the switch to Munich.
The first match in the group stage will take place on 19/20 October, while the final will be played on 3 or 4 June in the PSV Eindhoven stadium.
Keira Walsh (L) and Georgia Stanway (R) won the European Championship with England, but will face each other this season in the Champions League