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UWCL: Manchester City face Swedish test while Chelsea take on competition debutants

Manchester City have learnt that they will take on Swedish club Goteborg while Chelsea will face tournament debutants S.L Benfica in the round of 32 of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The draw for the round of 32 was broadcast live by UEFA on their official media channel this morning with 16 seeded clubs being drawn against 16 unseeded sides. The 32 teams were split into four groups taking into account COVID-19 travel restrictions and the fact that two clubs from the same nation cannot face each other.

Manchester City have been drawn against Swedish champions Goteborg. Peter Bronsman’s side will provide City will a real test after pushing German club Bayern Munich the distance in the round of 32 last season. Goteborg were narrowly defeated by Bayern Munich over two legs on the away goals rule. The Swedes returned to the UEFA Women’s Champions League following a seven-year absence last season and are very much a side on the up at the current time.

Chelsea return to the competition following a one-season absence and have been paired with UEFA Women’s Champions League debutants S.L. Benfica. The Portuguese champions were only founded late in 2017 but have enjoyed domestic success throughout their short existence and will provide the Barclays FA Women’s Super League club with a potential banana skin.

Both Manchester City and Chelsea will play away from home in the first leg of their respective ties on 9/10 December before hosting their opponents a week later on 15/16 December.

Should either or both clubs advance to the round of 16, those ties will take place onĀ 3/4 and 10/11 March 2021.

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