The UEFA Champions League 2018-19 has taken the league standings on Thursday following the group stage draw in Monaco.
The four pots were completed on Wednesday as Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Red Star Belgrade claimed the last three places in the group stage over the qualifying playoffs. The top pot consisted of the current Champions League and Europa League winners, followed by the top six European champions, based on UEFA's coefficient system.
The remaining three pots were then filled in the order of the club's coefficient rankings. That gave countless opportunities for fascinating quartets, death groups, and possible surprises when the balls were drawn to show the results. And there were some interesting pairings.
There was always a tough group with Inter Milan in Pot 4, and that's exactly what happened in Group B with Barcelona, Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven. Liverpool's presence in Group C also meant that the Reds were likely to find themselves in a difficult group. They pulled PSG and Napoli in addition to Red Star Belgrade.
The most open group is Group D, in the top Lokomotiv Moscow is accompanied by Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray
Here are the groups:
|GROUP A  GROUP B||GROUP C  GROUP D||GROUP E||GROUP F||GROUP G||GROUP H|
|Atletico Madrid||Barcelona||PSG||Locomotive Moscow||Bayern Munich||Manchester city||Real Madrid||Juventus|
|Borussia Dortmund||Tottenham||Napoli||Porto||Benfica||Shakhtar Donetsk||Roma||Manchester United|
|Monaco  PSV Eindhoven||Liverpool||Schalke||Ajax||Lyon||CSKA Moscow||Valencia|
|Club Brugge||Inter Milan||19659016] Red Star Belgrade||Galatasaray||AEK Athens||Ho ffenheim||Viktoria Pilsen||Young Boys|
For a closer look at the Eight Groups and Predictions on who will get through:
The two best teams in the pot should continue Advance though a weakened Monaco, which got no home advantage, still advances the horses and the means to fight. Not much should be expected from Bruges, with a clear break between the top three and the group minnow. The game against Atlético Madrid – whose Estadio Wanda Metropolitano will host the final on June 1 – will be a fantastic challenge for Christian Pulisic as the US defender takes on his role under new coach Lucien Favre. Atletico, however, is the class of this group, and a Bonafide contender to play in his main stadium for the final match of the competition.
PRELIMINARY TO GO THROUGH: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund
If there is an argument for a death group, then That's it. Barcelona remains the favorite, but it is being tested home and away by Tottenham and a team from Inter Milan that has agreed to sign up for the European stage. Tottenham had no problems in the last Champions League season against Real Madrid. So you should not expect the fear factor to set for Spurs.
What better stage for Mexico star Hirving Lozano than for PSV Eindhoven to continue his rise as this? He had previously been associated with Barcelona before staying with PSV this summer. The six-game group stage is essentially a huge audition for three teams, all of whom could compete until January. There is no consensus in this group that is not worth watching.
FORESEEN TO GO BY: Barcelona, Tottenham
If there is a second Argument for a death group gives it is . PSG and Liverpool are both good enough to win, while Napoli, who lost to coach Chelsea after losing coach Maurizio Sarri and midfielder Jorginho, can lead to complications under experienced Champions League coach Carlo Ancelotti. Red Star Belgrade should not challenge any of the three, but then road play will not be the easiest three-point move for any of them. Eventually, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will lead PSG through this group, and Liverpool, mending his weak areas, should join. The only question is, in what order.
PREPARED TO GO THROUGH: Liverpool, PSG
This quartet reads more like a game -in tournament as a real group in the Champions League, but that's just the luck of the draw. Lokomotiv Moscow is the number one among the top teams, while Porto and Schalke love life after this draw. Galatasaray Away is also one of the trickiest games in the competition. Although there is no overwhelming favorite or hierarchy in this group, it also means that it could be among the most open and entertaining in the field. Concacaf has some stars who could see the knockout round, with Westke McKennie of Schalke (USA) and Portos Jesus Corona and Hector Herrera (Mexico), all of whom care for their clubs.
PREVIEW: Porto, Schalke
It could have been much worse for Bayern but Benfica and Ajax in this group are not challenged to the point where it has to worry too much. Niko Kovac's side are the clear favorites, while Benfica, who won over ex-Shakhtar striker Facundo Ferreyra (and another American overseas midfielder Keaton Parks), is looking for a challenge. You wonder if either the Portuguese or Ajax have the firepower to keep up with the Bayern.
PROVIDED BY RUNNING: Bayern Munich, Benfica
The draw was good for the team of Pep Guardiola, who without Kevin De Bruyne in the group stage of the Champions League. With the team ready to return, it should be a group winner waiting for the draw for the knockout stages. Shakhtar surprisingly lost to Man City last season (in a late group match meaning nothing to be fair)), but it sold its key components and looks like a very weakened page on paper anyway, unlike the who qualified for this level. That's why Nabil Fekir's unexpected return to the club, which has rumors about a Liverpool move, and Hoffenheim, whose coach Julian Nagelsmann is moving to RB Leipzig next summer. The Guardiola-Nagelsmann showdown will be one for the tactical wizards, but realistic should not be too disturbing for a Man City side that should come in first.