Champions League: English Sides Handed Tough Group Stage Fixtures

English Premier League sides have been handed tough fixtures in the wake of the Champions League group stage draw held at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco on Thursday evening.

Three-time European champions Manchester United were drawn alongside Italian champions Juventus, Valencia (Spain) and debutants Young Boys (Switzerland) in Group H.

The Red Devils will face former player and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a club-record deal this summer.

Last season’s finalists Liverpool have been pitted against French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Italian outfit Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Group C.

North London giants Tottenham Hotspur will feature in Group B alongside Spanish champions & five-time winners Barcelona, Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven and Italian club Inter Milan.

Premier League champions Manchester City got what looked like the easiest draw on paper after they were drawn alongside Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, French side Olympique Lyon and German club TSG Hoffenheim.

Group stage matches will start on Tuesday, September 18.

Full Draw:

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge.

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan.

Group C: Paris St-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade.

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen.

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim.

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys.