Ronaldo carried Madrid on this back - Mendes slams ´shameful´ UEFA award snub

Manchester City are wary of the threat posed by Champions League Group A rivals Shakhtar Donetsk after being tested by the Ukrainian side in last season's competition, the Premier League club's director of football Txiki Begiristain has said.

Keylor Navas won the goalkeeper of the season award, Sergio Ramos was voted the best defender, while Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the forward of the season award. Last summer, he came on as a late substitute as Real beat United 2-1 in Macedonia. United host Juventus on October 23 before going to Turin on November 7.

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

As the draw was unfolding it was clear that Group D was, how shall we put it, not as strong as the other groups. "We can not hide the fact that we are among the favorites this year", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.

"There will be a lot of passion around our matches in this group with Napoli, Liverpool and Red Star".

A meeting between Liverpool and PSG means a confrontation between two German coaches, Jurgen Klopp and his successor at Borussia Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel.

The first round of group games will be played on September 18 and 19, with the last matches on December 11 and 12.

The manner in which Mourinho set up his team to face Sevilla last season over two legs suggested he doesn't believe his current squad can compete for the major prizes.


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.

Real Madrid and Roma had already been drawn in Group G with Liverpool still in pot three.

"We want to defend our title for one more year", Emilio Butragueno, Real's Director of Institutional Relations, told Spanish television.

Their bad month of August didn't get any better when they ended up in a group with Barcelona, Tottenham, and PSV Eindhoven.

The draw looks kind to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City as they look to win the trophy for the first time.

"Manchester City are a massive challenge for us", said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann.

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

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A. Lokomotiv Moscow, seeded in the top pot as Russia's champion, will play Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray in Group D. The 32 teams will share 1.95 billion euros ($2.28 billion) in prize money from UEFA with the victor likely to top 100 million euros ($117 million) for the first time.


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