Champions League: Juve's Ronaldo makes Old Trafford return; Liverpool see PSG, Napoli
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Sep 02, 2018,
Sep 02, 2018, 1:07
Barcelona head a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, while three more former European champions Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax are together with underdog AEK Athens in Group E.
Thursday's draw ceremony at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum, a stone's throw from the Mediterranean Sea, threw up several other fascinating groups, with last season's beaten finalists Liverpool set to have their work cut out alongside the Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as well as Napoli, in Group C.
The first match day is on the 18 - 19 September.
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. I expected a hard group, we have a hard group and that's what the Champions League is all about.
Assistant coach of the Black Stars, Ibrahim Tanko has tagged Group B of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions draw as the "Group of Death".
Allegri added that the choice of Modric was "a personal choice" of those who voted "and, as such, must be respected".
"It could have been worse, but we cannot afford negligence if we want to finish first", said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller. Red Star won the old European Cup in 1991, one year before the format changed.
They will face group-stage debutants Hoffenheim as well as Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk, coming up against the latter for the second year running. However, his contribution was phenomenal throughout, and he played a significant role in his side's hattrick of Champions League wins.
Inter Milan got the toughest task of the 4 Serie A teams.
Group D is possibly the most open, featuring former European champions Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 and Galatasaray.
Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys.