Manchester City wary of Shakhtar threat as European reunion looms

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A.

The draw has been made to determine the groups for this season's UEFA Champions League as all 32 qualified teams learned who they will need to overcome to progress to the round of 16.

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

"There will be a lot of passion around our matches in this group with Napoli, Liverpool and Red Star". However, Manchester United, Valencia, and Young Boys will provide a tough first test to get through.

The first round of group games will be played on September 18 and 19, with the last matches on December 11 and 12.

Teams from the same country could not be drawn together and teams from Ukraine and Russian Federation were also kept apart due to ongoing political tensions. It would be nice for us to count some players among those who were given awards, but football is a team sport and we will face this Champions League with great determination", said Marotta.

Tottenham have shown they can overcome the best, just look at last season when they topped their group ahead of Real Madrid so they are clearly not to be overlooked.

The Spanish giants Barcelona will be expected to top this group as favorites, despite it being the "group of death".

Allegri added that the choice of Modric was "a personal choice" of those who voted "and, as such, must be respected".

"We can not hide the fact that we are among the favourites this year", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.

The LaLiga teams have dominated the competition in recent seasons with Madrid winning four and Barca one of the last five.

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

Three more former European champions Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, are together with underdogs AEK Athens in Group E. "But I was hoping we would draw a big team and we got one".

Last season, Madrid completed three in a row by seeing off Liverpool in the final and Ronaldo went on to insist the four English Premier League clubs are capable of causing an upset.

"The Champions League is very important every season".

Group D is possibly the most open, featuring former European champions Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 and Galatasaray.

  • Stacy Allen