Champions League 2019 Draw Pairs Real Madrid and PSG

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Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage of the Champions League after they were paired together in Group A in the draw, which took place in Monaco on Thursday.

The two clubs have been linked over the pursuit of PSG star Neymar, with Real Madrid mooted as one of the Brazilian suitors.

The pair will be joined by Belgian top-flight runners-up Club Brugge and Turkish Super Lig winners Galatasaray.

Reigning champions Liverpool will see a familiar face in Group E, having been paired up with Napoli, who they narrowly pipped to make the knockout stages last season.

The Reds defeated Carlo Ancelotti’s side 1-0 at Anfield on the final matchday of the season, with UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson making a crucial stop late to see Liverpool through to the knockout stage, where they would go on to capture their sixth Champions League crown.

Austrian Bundesliga champions Red Bull Salzburg and Belgian champions Genk rounded out the group.

Group F features a strong line-up, with reigning La Liga champions Barcelona, aiming to put bitter disappointment of two straight knockout round collapses behind them, leading the foursome.

Barca are joined by Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund, Inter, led by former Chelsea and Juventus manager Antonio Conte, and Slavia Prague.

Last year’s finalists Tottenham have been drawn with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in Group B. They are joined Greek giants Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, who defeated Liverpool as well as took a point off Napoli in last year’s group stage.

The 2018-19 semi-finalists Ajax will face Chelsea in Group H as the Blues return to the Champions League after a year’s absence which saw them emerge as Europa League winners. They are joined by Valencia and Ligue 1 runners-up Lille.

Group C will feature another group stage re-match, as Manchester City will face Shakhtar for the third straight year. The two are joined by Champions League debutants Atalanta, as well as Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb.

Meanwhile in Group D, Juventus, hoping to end a Champions League title drought which extends back to 1996, will match up against Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Group G features Zenit, Benfica, Lyon and RB Leipzig.

The group stage of the 2019-20 edition of the Champions League kicks off on September 17 and 18, with teams competing in six matchdays until early December as they attempt to progress to the knockout stage.

Champions League 2019-20 groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Paris Saint-Germain Bayern Munich Manchester City Juventus
Real Madrid Tottenham Shakhtar Donetsk Atletico Madrid
Club Brugge Olympiacos Dinamo Zagreb Bayer Leverkusen
Galatasaray Red Star Belgrade Atalanta Lokomotiv Moscow
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Liverpool Barcelona Zenit Chelsea
Napoli Borussia Dortmund Benfica Ajax
Red Bull Salzburg Inter Lyon Valencia
Genk Slavia Prague RB Leipzig Lille

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