Champions League draw preview great games


This year's final will be staged at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019.

The miners, recall, during the draw were in group F along with the English "Manchester city", French "lion" and German "Hoffenhaymom".

Barcelona heads a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

"Group C, which has Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Liverpool, is also a group that any two of these three teams can qualify from, but I sense PSG and Liverpool will go through, even though Napoli are also a very good side".

"Although the Parma game is imminent and the most important thing in mind right now, the Champions League draw has given us a group with two excellent teams in Manchester and Valencia, and then the Young Boys who are outsiders".

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Group stage begins from September 18, with two clubs from each group will advance to the knockout round.

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.

"Many of the teams have reinforced [in the transfer window], but it's a very hard competition when the group stage ends and we get to the knockout rounds", he said.

Liverpool met Red Star Belgrade in the last 16 of the European Cup in 1973-74, with the Reds losing both the home and away legs.

"We can not hide the fact that we are among the favourites this year", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said. All 32 teams get a basic €15.25 million (US$17.8 million) just for being in the draw.

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

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

Inter Milan got the toughest task of the 4 Serie A teams.

Recall that Naija News reported that the Champions League draws was held in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday. Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer will also make his return to Spain as Juventus are also scheduled to face La Liga club Valencia.

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.