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The UEFA Champions group was released Yesterday in Monaco and it was not really favourable for most of the English football clubs.

Games kick off on September 18, and two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16. We expected him to come but then, a couple of hours before, Juve told us he wouldn't." l'll only say this: "there was a vote by 55 journalists and 80 Coaches, so they decided the victor and therefore the result must be accepted.

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

But critics say it could increase the competitive imbalance in European football and remove what romance is left. Teams from the same country will be kept apart in the group stage as well.

None of the top seeds can play each other, so Real will not be drawn in the same group as Ronaldo's new club Juventus.

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Ronaldo, a United player from 2003 to 2009, scored when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final after a 1-1 draw and has faced them twice in the competition since with Real Madrid.

Spare a thought for the Swiss champions, who after fighting their way through a tough playoff against Dinamo Zagreb to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history, were rewarded with a place in Group H against Juventus, Manchester United and Valencia.

But Allegri also said that the choice of Modric must be respected.

"For sure, when you have already a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli - two absolutely top teams - then you don't want to have Liverpool as the third team", Klopp said.

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.

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

The Champions League is now dominated more than ever before by clubs from the continent's biggest domestic leagues. Bayern should progress comfortably with Benfica and Ajax likely to battle for second place and AEK as unsafe outsiders.

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.

Three-time defending champions Real Madrid will start their quest for a record-extending 14th European title in Group G with Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen. All 32 teams get a basic €15.25 million (US$17.8 million) just for being in the draw.

They will face group-stage debutants Hoffenheim as well as Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk, coming up against the latter for the second year running. Benfica are the strongest team of the remaining three while Ajax could potentially provide enough issues to get the results they need.

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