Arsenal will face the reigning European champions, Barcelona, in the primary Champions League group stage after coming by qualifying.The Gunners, who completed third in the Women’s Super League, had been drawn in Group C, which additionally consists of the European debutants Hoffenheim and Danish champions HB Høge.Chelsea, crushed by Barcelona in final season’s closing, had been the WSL’s different representatives in Monday’s draw and so they ended up in a tough-looking Group A with Wolfsburg, Juventus and the Swiss aspect Servette.Arsenal, having pipped Manchester United to the ultimate Champions League qualifying place by a single level, defeated the Kazakh aspect Okzhetpes and PSV Eindhoven in spherical one and Slavia Prague in spherical two to make sure a spot in pot two for the group stage draw.Barcelona, the Spanish champions, performed Arsenal in their first European competitors in 2012-13, with the English aspect profitable 7-0 on combination in the final 32 and the defender Jen Beattie scoring 4 instances. Barcelona have since obtained recent funding and launched into a revamp of their ladies’s setup that noticed the crew attain a primary closing in 2019, solely to endure a stinging 4-1 defeat by Lyon, earlier than profitable the competitors two years later, beating Chelsea as emphatically, 4-0, in Gothenburg.Chelsea face a well-known foe in Wolfsburg, whom they’ve met 4 instances in the competitors, lastly beating the German aspect for the primary time throughout two legs in final season’s quarter-finals. Juventus, the Italian champions, are managed by the previous Arsenal supervisor Joe Montemurro.The seven-times Champions League winners Lyon are to play the German champions Bayern Munich, Sweden’s BK Häcken (previously Gothenburg) and Portugal’s Benfica as they try and return to profitable methods in the competitors they’d gained 5 instances in a row till Paris Saint-Germain eradicated them on the quarter-final stage final time period.PSG will play the Icelandic aspect Breidablik, a Real Madrid crew who knocked out Manchester City over two legs in qualifying and the Ukrainian membership WFC Kharkiv.The first spherical of group fixtures will probably be performed on the 5-6 October and 13-14 October.As a part of a landmark first centralised broadcast rights deal for the Champions League, all group video games will probably be proven dwell on the streaming platform DAZN in partnership with YouTube throughout the globe, excluding the Middle East and north Africa and China and its territories.

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