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The draw for the Champions League group stages has been made

Colm Boohig
Colm Boohig

18:08 29 Aug 2019

Groups A and B make for interesting viewing while Slavia Prague will be having nightmares looking at Group F in this season's Champions League.

The draw for the 2019/20 Champions League group stages has been made.

Defending European champions Liverpool have been drawn in Group E with their now regular European rivals Napoli as well as Salzburg and Genk.

Premier League champions Manchester City will compete in Group C alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and the surprise package in this year's main draw, Atalanta.

Meanwhile, last season's runners-up Tottenham are in Group B where Champions League football will be hosted at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time when Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade and German giants Bayern Munich pay a visit.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea will compete in what could be an intriguing group with Ajax, Valencia and Lille in Group H.

Group D could see a potential Madrid reunion for Cristiano Ronaldo as his Juventus side are drawn alongside Atlético, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Elsewhere, Group G sees Zenit, Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig together in a group which looks to be the most finely poised on paper.

But perhaps this year's group of death is Group F where it will be two from three between Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter unless Slavia Prague can cause a huge upset.

Finally, the tie of the round may just be in Group A as heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid do battle in a group also containing Club Brugge and Galatasaray.

Here is the draw in full:

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray.

Group B: Bayern, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade.

Group C: Man City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, Atalanta.

Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv.

Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk.

Group F: Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague.

Group G: Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig.

Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille.

Meanwhile, the ceremony saw Manchester United legend Eric Catona receive the 2019 UEFA President's Award before giving a typically unique speech.

Addressing the star-studded audience, the iconic Frenchman said: “As flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods, they kill us for their sport.

“Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells – soon the science will fix the cells to the state.

"And so we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us, but unfortunately, crimes and wars will multiply.

“I love football. Thank you.”

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