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Croatia's Modric voted UEFA Player of the Year

Croatia's Modric voted UEFA Player of the Year

Real Madrid, who beat Liverpool 3-1 in last year's final, cleaned up in the Uefa awards, with their players winning in all the categories.

The 2018-19 UEFA Champions League group stage draw took place in Monaco and prepared teams and fans for some exciting games during the Fall!

Inter's wildly unpredictable form under Luciano Spalletti means anything can happen in Group B where they face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham. Three-time defending champion Real Madrid will start its quest for a record-extending 14th European title in Group G with Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen. However, Manchester United, Valencia, and Young Boys will provide a tough first test to get through.

"I expected a hard group, we have a hard group and that's what the Champions League is all about", Klopp told UEFA, with Liverpool hosting PSG in their first game on September 18.

Due to the seeding system and UEFA's policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.

Juventus has made it clear that they are pursuing a Champions League trophy above all else this year and will be expecting to win their group.

"Group B with Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSV is definitely one of the toughest groups this year". Red Star won the old European Cup in 1991, one year before the format changed.

The Spanish giants Barcelona will be expected to top this group as favorites, despite it being the "group of death".

"It's a demanding group with teams of great value, great tradition and historic stadiums", said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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

Ronaldo skipped the Champions League draw and Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta defended the 33-year-old forward's no-show, insisting their prized recruit deserved the award.

Carlo Ancelotti, who became coach of Napoli in the close season, will return to the French capital, where he led PSG to the title in 2013.

Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund were drawn in Group A, an evenly-balanced group completed by Club Bruges.

They will all be hoping to avoid the biggest names in Pot 1, with Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow the least imposing name of all the top seeds.


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