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30-Aug-2018  
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The draw for the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League group stage has been held at Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.


Cristiano Ronaldo will head back to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn in Group H with Italian champions Juventus.

Tottenham have a tough task to make it through to the last 16 of the Champions League after they were drawn in Group B with Barcelona.

Manchester City have an easier route to the knockout stages with Shakhtar Donetsk the toughest opponents in Group F.

Liverpool will come up against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in a nightmare Group C. 

Aside from Ronaldo and Juventus providing a difficult challenge, United should face easier rides against Valencia and Young Boys.

But Ronaldo's reunion can't be dismissed as the 33-year-old tries to win the Champions League for a fourth year in a row.  

In Group B, Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham will be tested for a second year running. Pochettino's side are no strangers to tough groups. They were pitted against Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid last season and both were beaten.


But this season has presented a scenario that will put his side under more scrutiny.

As well as Barcelona, who Tottenham have never beaten, Pochettino's side will play PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Premier League champions City have been rewarded for their efforts last season. Shakhtar Donetsk, the champions of Ukraine, will be their biggest and most challenging opponent in Group F. 

Pep Guardiola's side will also play Valencia and Young Boys, who return to the group stages this year.

Liverpool will need to produce some of the performances that got them to the final last season if they are to go all the way again this term.

In Group C, Jurgen Klopp's team will take on PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Kaka and Manchester United favourite Diego Forlan conducted Thursday's draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.

The first round of group stage fixtures will start on Tuesday, September 18.


The final will be played on June 1 at Atletico Madrid's home, the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.  


Find the groups below:

Group A:

Atletico Madrid

Borussia Dortmund

Monaco

Club Brugge

Group B:

Barcelona

Tottenham

PSV

Inter Milan

Group C:

PSG

Napoli

Liverpool

Red Star Belgrade

Group D:

Lokomotiv Moscow

Porto

Schalke

Galatasaray

Group E:

Bayern Munich

Benfica

Ajax

AEK Athens

Group F:

Manchester City

Shakhtar Donetsk

Lyon

Hoffenheim

Group G:

Real Madrid

Roma

CSKA Moscow

Viktoria Plzen

Group H:

Juventus

Manchester United

Valencia

Young Boys

Some outstanding performances of last season were recognised at the event.

Ronaldo’s goal against Juventus has been named the UEFA Goal of the Season
Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for the eventual winners Real Madrid, picked the Forward of the Season award with his team mates – Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric – also picking the other awards.

Navas was the Goalkeeper of the Season, Ramos was the Defender of the Season and Modric was named the Midfielder of the Season.

Former Man United midfielder, David Beckham was also honoured with the UEFA President’s Award.

 





 
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