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Six Players Facing Their Former Teams In The UCL Group Stage

The draws for the 2022-2023 Champions league season has been made as 32 of the best teams in Europe now know their opponents in the group stages of the prestigious competition. In this article we shall be taking a look at six players who will be playing against their former teams whilst trying to progress to the knock out stages of the competition.

The first name we shall be looking at is Manchester City’s new front man Eirling Halland who joined the club this summer from his former club Borussia Dortmund for £51 million deal. The highly rated 21 year old Norwegian striker will be visiting his former employers sooner than he expected after being drawn to face each other in group G of this seasons UCL.

Another interesting name on the list is Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic who will be playing against his former side Dynamo Zagreb in this seasons UCL group stages. Representing the club from 2010-2013 Kovacic came through the ranks of the Croatian club but later left the club after 2013 to win major trophies. Mateo is currently facing some fitness issues so whether or not he is going to be available for selection against is former side remains a puzzle.

The next name we shall be looking at is new Juventus signing Angel  Di Maria who joined from PSG this summer. The creative Argentine will be facing two of his former sides in this seasons UCL group stages after being drawn to face both PSG and Benfica. Di Maria represented Benfica form 2007-2010. Currently out injured it remains to be seen if the Argentine makes it back in time to be considered for selection against these teams.

Next on the list is Lewandowski. The current Barcelona number 9 will be facing his former team Bayern Munich less than three months after leaving the German Champions for the Catalan giants. It’s also very interesting to note that both clubs are drawn in a group C which also houses an Italian heavyweight in Inter Milan so it’s really going to be interesting to see if Lewandowski and his new team mates can make it to the knock out stages from such a tough group.

Next on the list is Olivier Giroud. The  AC Milan front man will be looking to upset his former employers after being drawn together with Chelsea in group E of this seasons UCL group stages. Giroud won the Champions league with Chelsea two seasons ago but was let go by the blues in other to create space for Romelu Lukaku who later joined the blues from Inter Milan but struggled to leave up to expectations. Giroud had since become a fan favorite at Sansiro after departing the bridge , helping them win the Scudetto in his maiden season in Italy.

The last name on the list is Fikayo Tomori who will also be looking forward to make Chelsea regret their decision to sell him. The England born defender who was sold by Chelsea to AC Milan last season has quickly established himself as a first team player under Stefano Pioli. Joining the Italian champions on an initial six months loan deal, Tomori later joined AC Milan permanently after the club decided to activate the £25 million buy option clause in his contract.

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