Champions League draw: 2018-19 group stage set


The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw is full. And it has supplied up a couple of mouth-watering group matchups.

The headliners are Teams B, C and H. The previous will function Barcelona, Tottenham and Inter Milan. The latter will function Juventus, Manchester United and Valencia.

However C could be the hardest of all, with one in all PSG, Napoli and Liverpool assured to be bounced earlier than the knockout rounds.

Actual Madrid may also play Roma in Group G in a matchup of two of final season’s semifinalists.

In the meantime, Group D may as nicely be often known as the “group of life.”

Listed below are all eight teams:

2018-19 Champions League teams

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Membership Brugge
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan
Group C: PSG, Napoli, Liverpool, Pink Star Belgrade
Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray
Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens
Group F: Manchester Metropolis, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim
Group G: Actual Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen
Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, BSC Younger Boys

Winners and losers of the draw

Losers: PSG, Napoli — Liverpool may belong within the “loser” class right here as nicely. However the Reds, popping out of Pot 3, knew they could possibly be in for a tricky activity. PSG and Napoli realistically might have anticipated in any other case. As a substitute, Group C is the hardest of the lot, with three of our prime 10 groups. Considered one of them can be within the Europa League (at greatest) by December.

Loser: Tottenham — Spurs appeared to have escaped with a two-team, top-heavy group, and as clear favorites to advance. Then Inter arrived from Pot 4. Now Group B seems to be quite a bit like Group C.

Winner: Borussia Dortmund — Group A is not at all a stroll within the park. However Dortmund A) drew the one Pot 1 crew to be eradicated on the group stage final yr, B) a sliding Monaco squad that appears nothing just like the one which beat BVB within the quarterfinals in 2017, and C) a Pot 4 minnow. There have been only a few higher situations, and plenty of worse ones.

Winners: Schalke, Porto, Galatasaray — Each “dream draw” included Lokomotiv Moscow. These three lucked out and obtained the Pot 1 outsider. Porto is the favourite within the group, with Schalke not far behind.

Loser: Manchester United supporters whose fandom originated as Cristiano Ronaldo fandom — Self-explanatory. Ronaldo returns to Outdated Trafford … with Juventus.

The 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw befell Thursday. Actual Madrid is the defending champion. (Getty)

Rating the teams by issue

Which teams, prime to backside, are the hardest? We’ll go along with …

1. Group C
2. Group B
3. Group F
4. Group H
5. Group G
6. Group E
7. Group A
8. Group D

We ranked all 32 groups yesterday.

Group stage predictions

With the projected winner listed first and the runner-up second …

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham
Group C: Liverpool, PSG
Group D: Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica
Group F: Manchester Metropolis, Lyon
Group G: Actual Madrid, Roma
Group H: Juventus, Manchester United

When does the Champions League group stage kick off?

The primary group stage video games aren’t till Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 19. Right here’s the total schedule, through UEFA:

18/19 September: Group stage, matchday one
2/3 October: Group stage, matchday two
23/24 October: Group stage, matchday three
6/7 November: Group stage, matchday 4
27/28 November: Group stage, matchday 5
11/12 December: Group stage, matchday six

17 December: Spherical of 16 draw
12/13/19/20 February: Spherical of 16, first leg
5/6/12/13 March: Spherical of 16, second leg
15 March: Quarter-final & semi-final draw
9/10 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
16/17 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
30 April/1 Might: Semi-finals, first leg
7/8 Might: Semi-finals, second leg

Saturday 1 June: Remaining – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid

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Henry Bushnell covers international soccer for Yahoo Sports activities. Have a tip? Query? Remark? E-mail him at henrydbushnell@gmail.com, or comply with him on Twitter @HenryBushnell, and on Fb.





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