Manchester City wary of Shakhtar threat as European reunion looms

Sunday, 02 Sep, 2018

Perhaps the only wonder about Madrid's very light group - that also includes Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen - is how many goals they can rack up as a collective, in contrast to when Ronaldo would rampage through the opening round adding to his personal haul at will. As well as a rematch of the spectacular Roma-Liverpool semi-final.

Juventus will face Manchester United in the Champions League group stage this season, giving Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to play against his former team.

Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan complete the line-up in Spurs' Group B and Red Star Belgrade are the other team to play Jurgen Klopp's side in Group C.

"The Champions League is very important every season.

Manchester City impressed last season and look like heavy favorites to top their group once again. They are still the favourites to win the Champions League.

It is a dominant theme that is also highly influenced by the next big question: are Manchester City now actually the best team in Europe?

Coming up against Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus was tough enough but Mourinho's heart must have sunk when La Liga big shots Valencia were also drawn in Group H.

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United were grouped alongside Juventus , Valencia and Young Boys for a somewhat tricky Champions League group stage . The victor is not in doubt, as Ronaldo is the best in his position".

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Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge.

"It's a manageable group, but it all depends on us".

It is becoming ever harder for clubs from elsewhere to compete, but this draw ensures there will be some variety on into the knockout rounds, not least with Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto and Galatasaray joining Bundesliga side Schalke in Group D.

As ever, it is actually some of the groups involving the clubs below their tier that offer the most effervescent excitement of this stage of the competition.

It would be very ironic for them to be eliminated in the group stage after so quickly dismissing their opponents. Liverpool will hope their attractive football of their own can propel them one step further than last season when they lost the final to Real Madrid. Group H also has Manchester United, Juventus, Young Boys and Valencia, who can not be underrated because they have a very good team and are capable of going to the next round.

The Group B consist of five-time winners FC Barcelona, three-time victors Inter Milan, English side Tottenham Hotspur and 1988 champions PSV Eindhoven.