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Champions League group stage: Liverpool drawn with PSG, Spurs get Barcelona

The full draw has been made for the 2018-2019 Champions League group stage

Liverpool and Tottenham have been handed difficult draws for the 2018-2019 Uefa Champions League group stage.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who reached last season’s final, are in group C with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade. Meanwhile, Tottenham are in group B with Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Premier League champions Manchester City will be confident of reaching the Champions League round of 16 after drawing Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim in group F.

In group H Cristiano Ronaldo will be welcomed back to Old Trafford when his new club Juventus take on former side Manchester United. Valencia and Young Boys complete the group.

Holders Real Madrid face AS Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in group G.

The first group stage matches will take place on 18 and 19 September. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed.

Champions League 2018-2019 

Group stage draw
  • Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco, Club Brugge 
  • Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan 
  • Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade 
  • Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray 
  • Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, AFC Ajax, AEK Athens 
  • Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim 
  • Group G: Real Madrid, AS Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen 
  • Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
What dates are the Champions League group fixtures?
  • 18/19 September: group stage, matchday one 
  • 2/3 October: group stage, matchday two 
  • 23/24 October: group stage, matchday three 
  • 6/7 November: group stage, matchday four 
  • 27/28 November: group stage, matchday five 
  • 11/12 December: group stage, matchday six

Champions League key dates

  • 17 December: round of 16 draw 
  • 12/13 and 19/20 February: round of 16, first leg 
  • 5/6 and 12/13 March: round of 16, second leg 
  • 15 March: quarter-final and semi-final draw 
  • 9/10 April: quarter-finals, first leg 
  • 16/17 April: quarter-finals, second leg 
  • 30 April/1 May: semi-finals, first leg 
  • 7/8 May: semi-finals, second leg
When is the 2018-2019 Champions League final?

The final is on Saturday 1 June at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid. The 68,000-seat stadium is home of Atletico Madrid.

Uefa 2017-2018 awards

Uefa President’s Award

Before the start of the draw former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham was handed the Uefa President’s Award. Speaking to Uefa.com, he said: “Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the Champions League, such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we [Man Utd] beat Bayern in such dramatic fashion.”

After winning their third Champions League title in a row Real Madrid dominated the player awards with Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric all picking up trophies. Real’s former striker Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus, was also named forward of the season.

Croatia star Modric, who won the 2018 World Cup golden ball, was also named the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year.

Season awards
  • Uefa Men’s Player of the Year: Luka Modric, Real Madrid and Croatia
  • Women’s Player of the Year: Pernille Harder, Wolfsburg and Denmark 
  • Goalkeeper of the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League season: Keylor Navas, Real Madrid 
  • Defender of the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League season: Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid 
  • Midfielder of the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League season: Luka Modric, Real Madrid 
  • Forward of the 2017/18 Uefa Champions League season: Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid

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