Arsenal Women have been drawn into the same Champions League group as holders Barcelona, while last season’s defeated finalists Chelsea will face tough tests against Juventus and Wolfsburg
- Arsenal take on Barcelona in the group stage of the Women’s Champions League
- The Catalans defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the final of the competition last year
- Chelsea has been drawn in the same group as Wolfsburg and Juventus
- The Italians are led by former Gunners boss Joe Montemurro
Arsenal Women have been drawn into the same Champions League group as holders Barcelona, as Chelsea face Wolfsburg and Juventus.
This is the first Women’s Champions League to have group stages, and in previous years the competition started with qualifiers for a round of 32 knockout matches.
But 16 teams will now take part in a group stage, with Arsenal and Chelsea, the two England representatives after Manchester City were defeated by Real Madrid in qualifying.
Arsenal Women have been drawn in the same Champions League group as holders Barcelona
Barca beat Chelsea 4-0 in last year’s competition final and will be tough opponents
Chelsea reached the final last season but were beaten 4-0 by Barca, who now face the Gunners in the groups.
At Arsenal and Barca in Group C come Hoffenheim and the Danish club HB Koge.
The Blues are now in Group A and will face Wolfsburg, Juventus and Swiss club Servette.
Juve are led by former Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro, who left the Gunners late last season.
The Blues defeated Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals last season before beating Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.
The Blues take on Juventus and Wolfsburg after finishing second last season
Juve are led by former Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro and have got off to a strong start
Juve won all three of their first league games at the start of the Serie A season, while Chelsea were beaten by Arsenal on opening day.
Emma Hayes’ side recovered with a 4-0 win over Everton in their second game. The Gunners, meanwhile, have made a fantastic start under new boss Jonas Eidevall.
The club have won six out of six games under the Swede and will be sure to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The matches will run from October 5 to December 16, with the top two from each group advancing to the knockouts.