As we near the start of another year of high-octane European footballing action, the UEFA Champions League group stage draws were announced on Thursday.

Defending Premier League champions Manchester City have been locked in with French giants Paris Saint-Germain in Group A. This means, if Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Man City, fans would get a Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo feast on the group stage. RB Leipzig and Club Brugge will fill up the final spots in the group.

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La Liga 2020/21 champions Atletico Madrid will play Liverpool in Group B in an apparent 'group of death' while Chelsea and Juventus have been put together in Group H. FC Barcelona will face Bayern Munich in Group E. Portuguese club Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv will fill up the rest of the spots in the group.

Meanwhile, in Group F, last year's UEFA Europa League finalists Villarreal and Manchester United will face each other in the group stages. Atalanta and BSC Young Boys will complete the group.

Ligue 1 champions LOSC Lille have been drawn in an apparent 'group of death' -- featuring Sevilla, Salzburg and Wolfsburg. 

Real Madrid, Internazionale and Shakhtar Donetsk will face each other in the group stages like last season, along with new entrants FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 

Here are the groups for the UEFA Champions League 2021/22 season:

Group A

Manchester City

Paris Saint Germain

Leipzig

Club Brugge

Group B

Atletico Madrid 

Liverpool

Porto 

AC Milan

Group C

Sporting CP

Dortmund

Ajax

Besiktas

Group D

Internazionale

Real Madrid

Shakhtar Donetsk

Sheriff

Group E

Bayern Munich 

Barcelona

Benfica

Dynamo Kiev

Group F

Villarreal

Manchester United

Atlanta 

Young Boys

Group G

LOSC Lille

Sevilla

Salzburg

Wolfsburg

Group H 

Chelsea

Juventus 

Zenit 

Malmo