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The European football elite comes to Monaco for the Champions League draw



Monaco : The draw for this year's Champions League group stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, with a repeat of the final between Real Madrid and Liverpool among the potentially promising match-ups.

Real won the third consecutive season – and for the 13th time – defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev in May, despite hopes of a fourth straight win by Cristiano Ronaldo and the retirement of coach Zinedine Zidane had burst.

  General view of the Champions League trophy. Reuters

General view of the Champions League trophy. Reuters

With Julen Lopetegui now in charge, Real will become one of the top draw participants to start shortly after 6pm (1

600 GMT) at the Grimaldi Forum in the sparkling Mediterranean Principality. [196592002] They are accompanied by Europa League participants Atlético Madrid and the champions of the top six national leagues in Europe

None of the top stars can play each other, so that Real is not drawn in the same group as Ronaldo new club Juventus. Teams from the same country are also kept separate in the group stage.

But Jürgen Klopp's five-time European champion Liverpool is among the leading non-Pot 1 players, as are Premier League clubs Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur

They all hope to avoid the biggest names in Pot 1 Russian champion Lokomotiv Moscow is the least impressive name of all top seeds

Less seats for smaller leagues
The Champions The league is now more than ever dominated by the clubs of the largest national leagues in the continent.

In August 2016, plans were announced to secure four places in the group stage for the four best European leagues – Spain's Primera Liga – Bundesliga, England's Premier League and Italy's Serie A.

In addition, three French clubs qualified even though that was only thanks to Atlético because he won the Europa League last season.

As a result of c Only six clubs have reached the qualifying round to reach the group stage.

Fresh Faces

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The former winner Inter Milan returns to the competition for the first time since 2011/12

AEK Athens returns after more than a year Swiss champions Young Boys and German club Hoffenheim are in the competition for the first time the group phase.

The first group matches take place on the 18th and 19th of September, the last games on the 11th and 12th of December. [19659002] This year's final will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Atletico Stadium Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

The draw for this year's Europa League group stage with teams like Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan will take place in Monaco on Friday at 1 pm (1

Teams by Topf
Pot 1 [19659010] Real Madrid (ESP), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Barcelona (ESP), Bayern Munich (GER), Manchester City (ENG), Juventus (ITA), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS) [19659002] Pot 2
Borussia Dortmund (GER), Porto (POR), Manchester United (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Napoli (ITA), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Roma (ITA), Benfica (POR)

Pot 3
Liverpool (ENG), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Schalke 04 (GER), Lyon (FRA), Monaco (FRA), Ajax (NED), CSKA Moscow (RUS ), Valencia (ESP)

Pot 4
Club Brugge (BEL), Galatasaray (TUR), Young Boys (SUI), Inter Milan (ITA), Hoffenheim (GER), AEK Athens (GRE) , Red Star Belgrade (SRB), Viktoria Pilsen (CZE)


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