UEFA Women’s Champions League Draw: Arsenal and Chelsea face Lyon and PSG
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The two England teams weren't so lucky in their draws. While Chelsea will have the challenges of beating PSG and Real Madrid in search of classification, Arsenal will face Lyon and Juventus.

In the last edition of the competition, Chelsea were eliminated in the group stage with the same score as Wolfsburg and Juventus, while Arsenal were eliminated in the quarter-finals to the German team.

The group stage fixtures will take place between 19 October and 22 December. 

Check out the selected groups below:

Group A

Chelsea Women (Photo by Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)
Chelsea Women (Photo by Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)

One of the most difficult groups, group A has Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Vllaznia.

Chelsea haven't started the season very well, and they're still getting their style of play right. The absence of Melanie Leupolz and the departure of Ji So Yun left the midfield lacking, even with new signings Katerina Svitkova and Jelena Cankovic. The team even tried to hire Grace Geyoro, an important part of the opponents.

Real Madrid had important signings and is a more competitive team than last season. They already have six consecutive victories in competitions. Madrid beat Manchester City again during the preliminary round of the Champions League and the signing of Caroline Weir is one of the highlights in search of the Spanish and continental titles.

Paris Saint Germain returns to France's second strength after Lyon win the Champions League and D1 Arkema. Coach Gérard Prêcheur took over for this season and the team lost one of its main defenders to an ACL injury. The team features Grace Geyoro, Marie Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani, as well as newcomer Lieke Martens.

KF Vllaznia has had its women's team since 2013. They have been in the Champions League in 2014-15 and 2021-22, when it was eliminated by Juventus. In this edition, they beat Spartak Myjava and Zhytlobud Kharkiv. It will be the first time that an Albanian club will be in the group stage of the competition.

In this group, each score and goal difference will be decisive for the classification. I bet on Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Group B

Arsenal Women (Photo by Getty Images)
Arsenal Women (Photo by Getty Images)

The group will be the most relaxed for the seed. Wolfsburg will face Slavia Praha, St. Polten and Roma.

Wolfsburg is one of the most traditional teams in the UWCL. Champion in 2012-13 and 2013-14, in addition to runner-up in 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2019-20. Despite undergoing restructuring, the team has outstanding players such as Felicitas Rauch, Lena Oberdorf, Jill Roord and Alexandra Popp. However, their secret (not so secret) weapon is Tabea Waßmuth, who scored 24 goals in 37 matches last season. 

Slavia Praha is the first Czech team to reach the group stage of the competition, despite having already achieved great results before: quarter-finals in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The team is top 8 in Europe according to the UEFA coefficient. Slavia beat Icelandic club KF Valur Reyjavik to qualify for the groups.

The Austrian team St. Polten has already participated eight times in the Champions League, losing six in the round of 32, one in the round of 16 and one in the first round, despite being hegemonic in the domestic competition. The team faced Ljuboten, Dinamo-BSUPC and KuPS Kuopio before reaching the group stage.

Roma is a team created after purchasing the Serie A license from Res Roma in 2018. It is a team that is still inferior to Juventus and Internazionale in the domestic scenario. It is their first edition team in the UWCL and they are the only debutants in the group stage. Andressa Alves, Manuela Giuliano and Valentina Giacinti are the highlights of the Italians.

Wolfsburg and Slavia Praha are favourites to qualify for the playoffs.

Group C

Group C will compete for the second place classification. Defending champions Lyon have the best team in both attack and defence, while Juventus and Arsenal have some weaknesses in their structure. Zurich has great potential for future editions.

Lyon are the biggest champion of the competition, with eight titles (2010–11, 2011–12, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2021–22). It is one of the teams that most invests in women's football, it is no wonder that it has players such as Cristiane Endler, Ada Hegerberg, Wendie Renard and Delphine Cascarino. Their coach, Sonia Bompastor, has been with the club since 2013 - and in the professional category since 2021. The team beat the trendy Barcelona in the final of the last UWCL.

Joe Montemurro's Juventus are becoming more experienced in continental competition: they had their best campaign last season, being among the eight best European teams. Despite the departure of Lina Hurtig, the team has a powerful attack formed by Cristiana Girelli, Barbara Bonansea and Lineth Beerensteyn. Valentina Cernoia and Julia Grosso are two other highlights of the team and must be watched.

Arsenal is a team that has already had great relevance on the continental scene, having won the Champions League in 2006-07. One of the problems remains the defence, mainly because Rafaelle Souza fractured his foot and must be out for days. The team also has shortcomings in midfield, despite the presence of Kim Little and the arrival of Mana Iwabuchi. The team has a very strong attack, with Viviane Miedema, Stina Blackstenius, Lina Hurtig and Beth Mead.

Swiss multi-champion, FC Zurich has had other campaigns in the UWCL, having achieved the best result in 2013-14, when they were eliminated by Barcelona in the round of 16. In this edition, they beat KÍ, Apollón and Saravejo before the group stage.

Certainly, Lyon must pass in first and Juventus and Arsenal will fight for second place.

Group D

One of the most balanced groups, group D is made up of Barcelona, Bayern, Rosengard and Benfica.

Barcelona are the favourites for the classification in the first place, as a result of the last seasons, where they were champions and runners-up of the UWCL. Despite the ACL injury of the best in the world Alexia Putellas, Barcelona replaced the position with Keira Walsh, who was featured in Euro 2022 for the England national team. Another highlight that came for the season was the English winger Lucy Bronze, after the end of her contract with Manchester City. The team lost Lieke Martens and Jenni Hermoso but hired Geyse Ferreira, the top scorer of the last season of the Spanish League by Madrid CFF.

Bayern München is a team that is used to competing in the UWCL and making elastic scores. Their best result was the semi-final when they were eliminated by Barcelona in 2018-19 and Chelsea in 2020-21. Georgia Stanway is the main name for the Bavarians in the competition, but Linda Dallmann, Lina Magull and Lea Schüller will also be important for the German team. Bayern is still inferior to Wolfsburg in terms of investments in the sport.

FC Rosengard is a traditional team in the Champions League. They reached the competition's semi-finals in 2003-04 and the quarter-finals six times. The team faced Brann to qualify for the group stage.

Benfica is the main team in Portugal, having been champions in the last two seasons. The team faced Hajvalia, Twente and Glasgow Rangers before reaching the group stage of the competition. The Brazilian Ana Vitória and the Canadian Cloe Lacassé are fundamental pieces for the Portuguese team.

Great chances for Barcelona to pass in the first place and Bayern and Benfica to fight for the second place, with emphasis on the experience of the Bavarians.

Calendar

The group stage fixtures will take place between 19 October and 22 December. Check the full dates below:

Group stage
Matchday 1: 19/20 October
Matchday 2: 26/27 October
Matchday 3: 23/24 November
Matchday 4: 7/8 December
Matchday 5: 15/16 December
Matchday 6: 21/22 December

Quarter-finals
First leg: 21/22 March
Second leg: 29/30 March

Semi-finals
First leg: 22/23 April
Second leg: 29/30 April

Final (PSV Stadion, Eindhoven)
3 or 4 June TBC

All group stage matches can be viewed for free on YouTube, where DAZN streams.

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