United, Liverpool and Spurs in tough Champions league draw

Manchester City are among the top seeds after winning the Premier League title

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A.

Premier League champions Manchester City were handed a relatively kind group, featuring Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim. The Portuguese skipper joined Italian giants Juventus from Champions League defending champions Real Madrid in the summer transfer window for reported fees of £100 million.

PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches. Teams from the same country will be kept apart in the group stage as well. "It would be nice for us to count some players among those who were given awards, but football is a team sport and we will face this Champions League with great determination", said Marotta.

It will take luck for Tottenham to also escaped the Group stage.

Inter Milan, back in the competition after a six-season absence, were pitted against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

"From winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, achieving a historic result with Croatia, now this, it is unbelievable", said Modric.

Some Reds fans might be cursing the draw with Liverpool being pitted against Ligue 1 heavyweights, and one of the tournament favourites, PSG, as well as last year's Serie A runners-up Napoli in the opening rounds.

"It's a very tough group but the most important thing for us is that we have managed to get into the group stage and compete at this level", Red Star president Svetozar Mijailovic told reporters. "We can not hide the fact that we are among the favorites this year", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said. Manchester United haven't started the Premier League season well and will hope to do better than last season's round of 16 defeat to Sevilla.

"We picked the best team in the world and two others who will create us many problems", said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi.

Three more former European champions Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, are together with underdogs AEK Athens in Group E. After meeting with the Germans, the locals will have to stay in Lyon, then the miners have two games with Manchester city, to be followed by a trip to Hoffenheim.

The group is completed by Valencia and Swiss club Young Boys.

Lokomotiv Moscow, seeded in the top spot as Russia's champion, will play Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray in Group D.

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