The 2022/23 Champions League campaign officially gets underway on Thursday afternoon as all 32 teams – 26 qualifiers and 6 play-off winners – learn their group stage fates. A road ending in Istanbul in June 2023 starts within the Turkish city as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur are joined by Celtic and Rangers within the pots.
Manchester City are in Pot 1, joined by other domestic champions and last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners. Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs make up an equally-star-studded Pot 2, raising the prospect of some mouth-watering groups.
Scottish champions Celtic are joined by their bitter rivals Rangers in Pot 4 after Giovanni van Bronckhorst navigated their way through the qualifying process, defeating PSV Eindhoven within the play-off tie. Each clubs shall be fantasising over the prospect of a few Europe’s biggest hitters visiting Glasgow in the approaching months.
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