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UEFA Women’s Champions League Draw: Who Man City and Chelsea could face

The round of 32 UEFA Women’s Champions League draw is taking place on Tuesday morning at 11:00 GMT.

Changes have been made to the format of the draw, taking into account Covid-19 protocols.

Four groups have been formed, consisting of eight teams with each group containing four seeded and four unseeded teams.

Teams cannot be drawn against another from the same country and the ties will take place between a seeded and unseeded team.

Manchester City and Chelsea are the two English clubs involved and both take up a ‘seeded’ spot in their respective groups – which means there are only four potential teams each could face.

Manchester City will be ball number four in group three, and their potential opponents could be Swedish side Göteborg, Norway’s Vålerenga, Fiorentina or Górnik Łęczna of Poland.

Vålerenga secured their spot in the round of 32 following their 7-0 away thrashing of Lithuanian side Gintra Universitetas.

Vålerenga are newcomers to the competition, with this being their debut campaign.

Górnik Łęczna are in the round of 32 for the first time in their history having won both their qualifying matches earlier this month.

They beat Croatia’s Split 4-1 on November 4, then secured a narrow 2-1 victory over Cyprus’s Apollon last week.

In group four, Chelsea will be ball number four and they could face one of Sparta Prague, Ajax, Benfica or Swedish side Servette.


SL Benfica also played their qualifying matches on November 4 and 18 as they too make their debut in the competition.

They won both their matches, beating Greek side PAOK 3-1 and then Anderlecht 2-1 in last week’s game.

Ajax make a return to the competition, after missing out on qualification last season. 

In the 18/19 season they made it as far as the round of 16 before falling to a heavy 13-0 defeat at the hands of eventual winners, Lyon.

Firm favourites and current champions Lyon are ball number two in Group one and they could potentially face St. Pölten, Pomurje, Juventus or PSV Eindhoven.

England’s Arsenal missed out on a spot in this season’s Champions League draw after finishing third in the Women’s Super League table last campaign.

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