As the 2022/23 club football season kicks off, the Champions League group stages has been drawn, as is the traditional proceeding. Barcelona legend Yaya Toure was present at the ceremony to assist with the draw, even though it was largely automated this season.
After finishing second last season in La Liga, Barcelona were sitting in Pot B, alongside Spanish compatriots Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. Real Madrid, though, on account of winning the league and the Champions League, too, were in Pot B.
Since Real were thrown into Group F, the Catalans were eligible for all but that group before the second round of the draw took place.
Eventually, Barcelona were placed in Group C, unsurprisingly alongside Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski will face his former club in what suits the narrative excellently.
In the third round, Bayern and Barça were put with Inter Milan, who have re-added Romelu Lukaku to their arsenal this season.
The last team to be added to this group of death was Viktoria Plzen.