Manchester United and Man City are set to learn their opposition for the new Champions League campaign. United have won the top European club competition on three separate occasions, while rivals City are still going in search of their first win in the competition. Neither side can face a fellow English team in the group stages of the competition, however either side could potentially face a past winner at this stage of the tournament. Jose Mourinho's United will be looking to make amends after their shock exit to Sevilla last season, while City are still ruing their missed opportunity vs Liverpool in the quarter-finals. But when is the Champions League group stage draw, and where can you watch it? When is the Champions League group stage draw? The 2018/19 Champions League group stage draw begins at 5pm UK time on Thursday 30 August. The draw will take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Where can I watch the Champions League group stage draw? The group stage draw will be … [Read more...] about When is the Champions League group stage draw?
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Dutch giants Ajax edged closer to a return to the Champions League group stages for the first time in four years with a 3-1 win over Dinamo Kiev in the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday. Ajax, four-time European champions, scored all their goals in the opening period and were denied by the woodwork on two occasions in the second half. Donny van der Beek gave Ajax a flying start after just 80 seconds. Dusan Tadic laid the ball into his path inside the area before van der Beek's low drive squirmed beneath the body of goalkeeper Denys Boyko. Tomasz Kedziora pulled Kiev level after 16 minutes. From a corner, Ajax's Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana made a fine save to deny a powerful header from Hungarian centre-back Tamas Kadar but Tomasz Kedziora swept in the rebound from inside the six-yard box. The Dutch were back in front after 35 minutes when a speculative drive from Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech was deflected into his own goal by Kadar. Tadic, signed from Southampton in the … [Read more...] about Ajax take huge step to Champions League group stage
Manchester United could face a tricky Champions League group stage draw next season following Real Madrid's weekend triumph. United will be drawn from pot 2, as they were last season, since Premier League champions City have the privilege of being among the seeds. Uefa has also rewarded the Europa League winners with pot 1 status, so Atletico Madrid are seeded. As usual, clubs cannot draw teams from their own nation until the quarter-final stage, so United will be kept apart from City, Liverpool and Tottenham. They could be drawn with either of the Madrid clubs, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain or Lokomotiv Moscow from pot 1. Barca, Bayern, City, Juve, PSG and Lokomotiv are seeded since they are champions of the top six associations based on the 2017 Uefa coefficients. United are alongside Borussia Dortmund, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Tottenham in pot 2 and will be joined by the two clubs with the highest coefficient once the qualifying round … [Read more...] about Who Manchester United could draw in Champions League group stage
0 Have your say Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage have been revealed. Brendan Rodgers men face four rounds and eight matches to reach the group stage which is an increase of two games due to changes in qualifying for the tournament.Looking ahead to the opponents who could be waiting for Celtic as the tournament gets underway should whet the appetite with the Hoops likely to be in the fourth pot.• READ MORE - Who Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibs could face in EuropeThose fans wanting another star-studded group and trips to Europe’s biggest clubs could be rewarded with a group of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.However after the last two Champions League campaigns bringing Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Barcelona to Celtic Park, fans may wish for an easier and more realistic path to the knockout stage of the tournament.Providing certain teams join Celtic in qualifying through, they could be placed in a … [Read more...] about Revealed: Celtic’s potential opponents in the Champions League group stage
Manchester United know the opponents they could potentially draw in the opening stage of next season's Champions League following Real Madrid's victory in this season's competition. The Spanish giants proved too much for Liverpool as two Loris Karius howlers and a Gareth Bale wonder goal resulted in a 3-1 win. A recent revamp of the competition means that Pot 1 in the 32-team tournament now consists of domestic and European champions. Both Madrid teams have made it in after winning the Europa and Champions League respectively, with the remaining six clubs winners of the top six leagues in the UEFA country coefficients. Manchester City will represent England and they are joined by Madrid's Real and Atletico, PSG (France), Barcelona (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Juventus (Italy) and Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia). Anthony Martial gets brutal message amid Manchester United transfer talk and World Cup omission United, who will feature in Pot 2 as a result of their European pedigree, … [Read more...] about Who could Man Utd face in the Champions League group stage?