UEFA Women's Champions League trophy before the UEFA Women’s Champions League football match (Final) between VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais that Lyon won 3-1 - Image provided by Sports Press Photo

UWCL DRAW: Chelsea and Arsenal learn of group stage opponents

Chelsea and Arsenal have learnt of their opponents in the group stage of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League with the draw having taken place this lunchtime.

The competition has seen the group format introduced for the very first time this year with 16 clubs battling it out for places in the quarter-finals.

As reigning champions of England, Chelsea were amongst the top seeds in Pot 1 while Arsenal’s coefficient saw them ranked as one of the four clubs in Pot 2.

Given Chelsea’s status as one of the top seeds, The Blues were naturally going to feel confident about the draw, however, it has been determined that Emma Hayes’ side will take on some tough opposition in German club VfL Wolfsburg and Italian giants Juventus, along with Swiss champions Servette FCCF in Group A.

Arsenal have impressed coming through Rounds 1 and 2 and they have been rewarded for their progress by being placed in Group C, a group which includes European champions FC Barcelona, German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and debutants HB Køge of Denmark.

Teams will play each other twice, once at home and once away, with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the last eight. The group stage will begin on 5 October 2021 and will conclude on 16 December 2021. The draw for the quarter-finals is currently scheduled to take place on 20 December 2021.

This season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be staged at the Juventus Stadium in Turin with a date still to be confirmed.

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