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Draw unlikely to affect elite but will worry Manchester United

02 September, 2018, 01:06 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Cristiano Ronaldo played against Manchester United in the Champions League for Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A. Lokomotiv Moscow, seeded in the top pot as Russia's champion, will play Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray in Group D. The 32 teams will share 1.95 billion euros ($2.28 billion) in prize money from UEFA with the victor likely to top 100 million euros ($117 million) for the first time.

With the Citizens returning to Pot 1 after a few seasons they reaped the rewards with a straight-forward group stage, pitting them against Shakhtar Donetsk, Hoffenheim and Lyon.

Tottenham have been drawn in a tough group to face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Defending champions Real Madrid are in Group G with Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.

Valencia and Young Boys are the other teams in Group H.

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Group stage begins from September 18, with two clubs from each group will advance to the knockout round. Teams from the same country will be kept apart in the group stage as well.

Juventus has made it clear that they are pursuing a Champions League trophy above all else this year and will be expecting to win their group.

Other big clashes to look out for include Spurs hosting Barcelona on October 3 in Group B, which shapes as one of the Groups of Death as it also includes a resurgent Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham have been drawn in a tough group to face Barcelona, while last season's runners-up Liverpool face Paris St-Germain and Napoli.

But Allegri also said that the choice of Modric must be respected.

Group E also has three former European champions - Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ajax Amsterdam - alongside AEK Athens.

Mendes' comments, however, found support from Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta who completed Ronaldo's transfer to the Turin-based club. All 32 teams get a basic €15.25 million (US$17.8 million) just for being in the draw.

"Manchester City are a massive challenge for us", said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann.

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge. Manchester United haven't started the Premier League season well and will hope to do better than last season's round of 16 defeat to Sevilla.

Lokomotiv Moscow, seeded in the top spot as Russia's champion, will play Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray in Group D.



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