x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Real Madrid and Liverpool paired in same group as Man City get tough Uefa Champions League draw

Four-time champion Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and Roma are in perhaps the group for the knockout phase.

The final draw for the UEFA Champions League group A, B, C, D, is seen on an electronic board after the draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, August 28, 2014. Claude Paris / AP Photo
The final draw for the UEFA Champions League group A, B, C, D, is seen on an electronic board after the draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, August 28, 2014. Claude Paris / AP Photo

Real Madrid will start its Uefa Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad.

The 10-time champions were drawn into Group B on Thursday.

Barcelona and Ajax, both former clubs of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, were drawn to face the Sweden striker’s current team, Paris Saint-Germain, and APOEL, while four-time champion Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow and Roma are in perhaps the toughest group.

Also, Arsenal will face Borussia Dortmund for the third time in four seasons. Galatasaray and Anderlecht are also in that group. In another Germany v England draw, Chelsea’s group includes Schalke alongside Sporting Lisbon and Maribor.

The eight four-team groups begin play on September 16-17. The top two teams in each group advance to knockout round.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the European Player of the Year award.

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