Group F earns that tag this season, that includes Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and a new-look Inter Milan facet, which has been boosted by the arrival of recent supervisor Antonio Conte, star striker Romelu Lukaku and Chilean Alexis Sanchez.
The unlucky workforce from pot 4 to be drawn with these European giants is Czech facet Slavia Prague, whose representatives within the viewers might solely smile after seeing its identify added to the group.
Jurgen Klopp will possible go dwelling this night a contented supervisor, as defending champion Liverpool was grouped with Napoli — because it was final season — Austrian facet Salzburg and Belgium’s Genk.
Liverpool’s towering Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk was awarded each the 2018/19 Defender of the Season and UEFA Participant of the 12 months, beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.
New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong received Midfielder of the Season for his exploits with Ajax, whereas Messi received Ahead of the Season and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson received Goalkeeper of the Season.
Lyon girls’s full-back Lucy Bronze turned the primary English participant to win the UEFA Girls’s Participant of the 12 months, beating off competitors from inaugural girls’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg.
Overwhelmed finalist Tottenham Hotspur, in the meantime, should face Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Purple Star Belgrade, the Serbian facet that shocked Liverpool in final season’s group stage.
Zinedine Zidane’s return to Actual Madrid, the place he received a record-breaking three consecutive Champions League titles in his first stint in cost, will give Los Blancos followers hope the membership can return to the highest of European soccer.
Actual was shocked on the Bernabeu by a precocious Ajax facet in final season’s quarterfinal and the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao have been made to make sure the same end result doesn’t occur once more.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s bid for a sixth Champions League title begins towards a well-recognized foe, as Juventus was drawn alongside Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone and Atleti should be sick of the sight of the Portuguese star, who has scored a exceptional 25 targets in 33 video games towards the Spanish facet, together with an unimaginable hat-trick in final season’s competitors to overturn a 2-Zero first-leg deficit within the final 16.
Each these sides have suffered appreciable Champions League heartbreak in current occasions, dropping 4 finals between them within the final six seasons.
Alongside them in Group D are Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.
The primary spherical of matches kick off on September 17 — mark it in your diary to be sure to do not miss out.
Right here is the Champions League group stage attract full:
- Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Actual Madrid, Membership Brugge, Galatasaray.
- Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiakos, Purple Star Belgrade.
- Group C: Manchester Metropolis, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta.
- Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow.
- Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk.
- Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague.
- Group G: Zenit St. Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig.
- Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille.