Last year's beaten finalists, Liverpool, were paired with Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar in Thursday's draw for the group stage of the Champions League. The leaders of the Premier League will also face last year's Serie A runners-up, Napoli, and former European champion Red Star Belgrade. The English champions Manchester City were placed in Group F with Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim. Tottenham, who last year beat a group that had the current champion, Real Madrid, will face three former European champions: Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.
Thursday's draw in the Champions League Group in Monaco proved to be good news when Cristiano Ronaldo's new team, Juventus, was attracted to Manchester United, the team with which he first proved the glory, in the end of 2008. Ronaldo joined Juve this summer from Real Madrid, whom he helped defeat Liverpool to win the competition for the third consecutive year in May. Real faced AS Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, while Liverpool must face Paris Saint Germain in their group, as well as Napoli and Red Star Belgrade. Valencia and Young Boss of Switzerland complete Manchester United and Juventus.
The complete draw
Atlético de Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge
Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter
Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star of Belgrade
Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray
Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens
Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim
Real Madrid, Rome, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
The first round of matches in the group stage will begin on Tuesday, September 18. The final will be played on June 1 at the headquarters of Atlético de Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitano de Madrid.
(With AFP entries)