We are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the fifth time in a row. The draw was made by former internationals Eric Abidal (FC Barcelona and others) and Joe Cole (Chelsea and others), together with Giorgio Marchetti, Deputy General Secretary of UEFA, in Monaco's Grimaldi Forum:
Benfica (POR/pot 1)
Stadium: Estadio da Luz
Coach: Roger Schmidt
Did you know? The 38-time Portuguese champions (more than any other club) are guided by former Salzburg coach Roger Schmidt and enjoyed a great past season, winning their domestic title and impressing in the UEFA Champions League. The club with an estimated market value of 365 million Euro were knocked out by fellow Group D opponents Inter.
Inter Milan (ITA/pot 2)
Stadium: Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Coach: Simone Inzaghi
Did you know? The Milan side with an estimated market value of 513 million Euro finished third in Serie A last season and made the UEFA Champions League final. The team coached by Simone Inzaghi played the Red Bulls in a friendly at the start of August and won a dramatic encounter 4-3. They have a well-known Austrian player in their ranks in Marko Arnautovic.
Real Sociedad (ESP/pot 4)
Stadium: Estadio Anoeta
Coach: Imanol Alguacil
Did you know? The Basques finished the past season with a great fourth placed finish and are probably one of the most difficult opponents in the fourth pot. Real Sociedad (market value of around 400 million Euro) are back in the Champions League for the first time in ten years.
The Champions League group stage schedule is already planned, with exact fixtures to be confirmed by UEFA in the coming days. Matches will kick off at 18:45 CET or 21:00 CET. The final takes place on 1 June 2024 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Matchday 1: 19/20 September 2023
Matchday 2: 3/4 October 2023
Matchday 3: 24/25 October 2023
Matchday 4: 7/8 November 2023
Matchday 5: 28/29 November 2023
Matchday 6: 12/13 December 2023
Bernhard Seonbuchner on the quality of the group:
Gerhard Struber on the opponents in Group D:
Andreas Ulmer on Benfica, Inter and Real Sociedad:
Loyalty pays: Champions League tickets on sale on Monday
The sale of three-match packages for UEFA Champions League group stage matches starts on Monday 4 September 2023 and is restricted to season-ticket holders initially under our loyalty pays motto.