I'm extremely happy at Real Madrid - Modric

Manchester City are among the top seeds after winning the Premier League title
Manchester City are among the top seeds after winning the Premier League title

02 September, 2018

Real Madrid are the champions and won the last three editions whereas the Final will be played in Madrid at Atletico Madrid stadium at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Premier League champions Manchester City were drawn in Group F alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim.

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

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.

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

Games kick-off on September 18, and two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16 in February.

Teams from the same country could not be drawn together on Thursday, and teams from Ukraine and Russian Federation were also kept apart due to ongoing political tensions.

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"When the group stage finishes you have the knockout stage".

"For sure, when you have already a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli - two absolutely top teams - then you don't want to have Liverpool as the third team", Klopp said.

Inter Milan, back in the competition after a six-season absence, were pitted against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

"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.

But Allegri also said that the choice of Modric must be respected. "We can not hide the fact that we are among the favorites this year", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.

We are in a very different football world to seasons like 1998-99, when the opening round dictated everything that followed. Benfica are the strongest team of the remaining three while Ajax could potentially provide enough issues to get the results they need. Who even remembers that Real Madrid actually came through last season's group of death, such is the lack of life and danger in this round for Europe's super-clubs?

They will all be hoping to avoid the biggest names in Pot 1, with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow the least imposing name of all the top seeds.

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