ARSENAL and Chelsea are set for tricky Champions League group phase clashes against some of Europe’s most formidable sides.

The rivals have been drawn in what some fans have dubbed groups of death with the Blues facing Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain and the Gunners taking on Lyon and Juventus.

Juventus and Lyon are among the teams Arsenal will battle for a place knockout stage of this season's Champions League

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Juventus and Lyon are among the teams Arsenal will battle for a place knockout stage of this season’s Champions LeagueCredit: Getty
Chelsea will be vying with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid for top spot in Group A

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Chelsea will be vying with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid for top spot in Group ACredit: PA
Caroline Weir and her Real Madrid team-mates are currently third in Spain's top tier

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Caroline Weir and her Real Madrid team-mates are currently third in Spain’s top tierCredit: Getty

Chelsea, who are in Group A, are set for ties against French giants PSG and a Madrid side that includes former Manchester City forward Caroline Weir.

This will be the second time in the space of three months that Madrid have come up against one of England’s top sides following their defeat of Manchester City.

That August clash saw Weir net the winner that sealed City’s exit from the contest at the qualifying stage for a second successive season.

The Blues, who reached the finals in 2021, will also take on PSG who finished the runners-up in France’s top-flight last term.

The last Champions League clash between the sides was back in the quarter-final stage of the contest in March 2019.

And Emma Hayes’s aces emerged the victors of that tie (with a 3-2 aggregate score line) knocking their rivals out to reach the semis phase.

They will also face Albanian side KS Vllaznia, who reached the group stage for the first time in their history this season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are set for a reunion with former boss Joe Montemurro with the WSL leaders drawn into the same group as Juventus.

It will also see Gunners’ summer signing Lina Hurtig go up against the Italian side she helped to reach the last eight of the contest last term.

And Jonas Eidevall’s stars, who will play their Group C home fixtures at the Emirates, will also face a stern test home and away against Lyon.

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The French giants currently hold the record for the highest number of Champions League trophy wins having won the tournament eight times.

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been drawn in Group D alongside Swedish side Rosengard and Portuguese club Benfica.

Duels between the Catalan giants and the runners-up to last year’s Bundesliga title could see Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze go up against their former Man City team-mate Georgia Stanway.

Former Arsenal chief Joe Montemurro is set for a Champions League reunion with the Gunners

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Former Arsenal chief Joe Montemurro is set for a Champions League reunion with the GunnersCredit: Getty

Women’s Champions League – Group Stage Teams

Group A

Chelsea

Paris Saint-Germain

Real Madrid

KS Vllaznia

Group B

Wolfsburg

Slavia Praha

SKN St. Polten

Roma

Group C

Wolfsburg

Slavia Praha

SKN St. Polten

Roma

Group D

Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Rosengard

Benfica



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