Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Old Trafford return for Ronaldo's Juve in Champions League

Old Trafford return for Ronaldo's Juve in Champions League

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A.

The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco and prepared teams and fans for some exciting games during the Fall!

This is where the real colour may lie, along with the vibrancy that will surround Red Star Belgrade's participation for the first time since 1991-92, when it was last known as the European Cup.

Three-time defending champions Real Madrid will start their quest for a record-extending 14th European title in Group G with Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.

Their problems are such right now that any opposition might have represented a real challenge, but a group of the formidable Juventus, a returning Ronaldo, a revived, canny Valencia and awkward Young Boys is particularly fierce.

The teams were drawn in the same pool during last season's Champions League with Pep Guardiola's side earning a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Shakhtar in September before the Ukaranian side handed City their first defeat of the season in December.

Due to the seeding system and UEFA's policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are looking forward to facing off against Paris St Germain and Napoli in the group stage of the Champions League, with manager Juergen Klopp anticipating a tough run in the tournament.

But Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, five-time European champions, are among the leading names not in Pot 1, along with fellow Premier League clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan.

"It's a very tough group but the most important thing for us is that we have managed to get into the group stage and compete at this level", Red Star president Svetozar Mijailovic told reporters.

"We picked the best team in the world and two others who will create us many problems", said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi.

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim. Benfica are the strongest team of the remaining three while Ajax could potentially provide enough issues to get the results they need.

The group is completed by Valencia and Swiss club Young Boys.

However, Croatia captain and midfielder Modric said he could not be happier with the Champions League holders.

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