The UEFA Champions League is back!
The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco and prepared teams and fans for some exciting games during the Fall!
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. The 32 team were drawn into eight group with some eyes on a few exciting matchups over the next few months:
Group A: Atletico Madrid – Borussia Dortmund – AS Monaco
Group B: FC Barcelona – Tottenham Hotspur – Inter Milan
Group C: Paris Saint-Germain – Napoli – Liverpool
Group G: Real Madrid – AS Roma
Group H: Juventus – Manchester United – Valencia
FC Barcelona coach, Valverde on the group B:
“They are historic rivals. Tottenham have great physical and technical potential, and were one of the most difficult rivals in pot 2.
They’re a club that are always in these rounds of the competition and in recent years have produced brilliant performances.”
PSG coach Tuchel on the group C draw:
“There will be a lot of passion around our matches in this group with Napoli, Liverpool and Red Star. The Champions League is the most difficult European competition and you can see that looking at the group. It’s a very tough draw.
It’s never easy to meet Italian teams and more particularly Napoli, who have an experienced coach and a very good team. Liverpool were in the Champions League final las season, they have great support. They’re a very quick team that handles their transitions well. They’re among the favourites for the competition. They’re a squad that have worked together for a long time and which doesn’t stop improving with great players.”
Liverpool coach Klopp on the group C:
“To be 100 per cent honest, it was not that I had a group I wished for or whatever. I expected a difficult group, we have a difficult group and that’s what the Champions League is all about.
PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches.
Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge. I’ve been to Napoli with Dortmund, so I know what the atmosphere is like there.
Juventus, coach Allegri on group H:
“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. “