Friday, September 29, 2023

Newcastle dealt Champions League group of death with Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan

Newcastle have been handed a Champions League group of death upon their long-awaited return to the competition.

The Magpies were drawn in Group F alongside Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.

Newcastle’s return could hardly be more trickyGetty

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Mbappe at St. James’ Park is what many fans have been dreaming ofGetty

Newcastle return to the Champions League for the first time since 2004 after finishing fourth in last season’s Premier League, ahead of regulars Liverpool and Chelsea.

That earned them a fourth seeding for the 2023/24 group stage, meaning a tough draw was always on the cards.

Their opponents may be just as worried, though, given the strength of the newly-monied Magpies.

And calling the two teams to progress to the knockout stages is anyone’s guess.

Milan made last season’s semi-finals, and have strengthened hugely this summer, despite losing hometown hero and former captain Sandro Tonali to their group rivals Newcastle.

PSG, meanwhile, were runners-up in the Champions League as recently as 2020, and have plenty of knockout pedigree, and are a terrifying prospect having seemingly held on to the world class Kylian Mbappe.

The 2013 finalists and 1997 winners round off a fascinating group and a series of away trips Newcastle fans will be drooling over.

Other highlights from the draw in Monaco include Harry Kane returning to England with Bayern Munich to face former suitors Manchester United.

Group stage draw in full

Group A: Bayern Munich, MANCHESTER UNITED, FC Copenhagen, GalatasarayGroup B: Sevilla, ARSENAL, PSV Eindhoven, RC LensGroup C: Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union BerlinGroup D: Benfica, Inter Milan, Salzburg, Real SociedadGroup E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, CELTICGroup F: Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, NEWCASTLEGroup G: MANCHESTER CITY, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young BoysGroup H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp

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