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UCL Draw Confirmed: Real With Tough Group, Man Utd Lucky

UEFA Champions League Draw Confirmed: Real Madrid With Tough Group, Manchester United Lucky

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By David Kappel - Aug 24, 2017 06:53 PM @kappilinho

The draw of the UEFA Champions League group stages took place in Monaco this evening, and Real Madrid have been drawn into a tough draw, while Manchester United received an easy group.

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The defending champions will again be the side to beat in this year's competition after Los Blancos became the first team to lift back-to-back UCL titles last season.

Zinedine Zidane's side have been drawn against in the toughest group alongside Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel.

South Africa is likely to have two representatives in the competition: Dino Ndlovu scored the goal that secured FK Qarabag's entry into the group stages, while Rivaldo Coetzee, pending a medical and contract signature, will take part with Scottish giants Celtic.

Ndlovu's side received a tough draw, facing Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma, while Coetzee's likely new club Celtic will face Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht.

Here are the eight groups in full:

Group A: Benfica (POR), Manchester United (ENG), Basel (SWI), CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Group B: Bayern Munich (GER), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Anderlecht (BEL), Celtic (SCO)

Group C: Chelsea (ENG), Atletico Madrid (ESP), AS Roma (ITA), Qarabag (AZE)

Group D: Juventus (ITA), FC Barcelona (ESP), Olympiacos (GRE), Sporting (POR)

Group E: Spartak Moscow (RUS), Sevilla (ESP), Liverpool (ENG), NK Maribor (SLO)

Group F: Shakthar (UKR), Manchester City (ENG), Napoli (ITA), Feyenoord (NED)

Group G: AS Monaco (FRA), FC Porto (POR), Besiktas (TUR), RB Leipzig (GER)

Group H: Real Madrid (ESP), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), APOEL (CYP)

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The first round of group fixtures will be played on 12/13 September, while the group phase will end on 5/6 December, with the Round of 16 draw taking place on 11 December.

Which group do you think is the trickiest? Do you think Ndlovu and Coetzee can shine in Europe's elite competition this season? Have your say in the comments section below.


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McCKHOSI Aug 25, 2017 11:39 PM
Man united have the easiest group hoping it will be as easy as it looks.
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Mavayam5 Aug 25, 2017 10:07 PM
Sevilla will walk through
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Livadown Aug 25, 2017 09:35 PM
Easy passage for LFC as for my other two(bvb n atm) gud luck
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Warras4khosi Aug 25, 2017 07:56 PM
Qarabang
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Khaya Shozi Aug 25, 2017 07:42 PM
evening bloggers I don't see any tough opponents 4 Madrid here #KBY
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Bridgertte Layun Aug 25, 2017 07:17 PM
Chelsea, FC Barca , and Borussia Dortmund ,,,that's my teams
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Crazy4bucs Aug 25, 2017 06:04 PM
What tough group you talking of admin?
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mbongenikula1 Aug 25, 2017 04:27 PM
Mxm arg this is the easiest ever draw for Magreed...
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Goldenzebra Aug 25, 2017 03:48 PM
@dlaisa charles I don't trust this Barcelona team this season, not that I'm undermining them.
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Stapp9 Aug 25, 2017 03:45 PM
I wish Real n Man U to go through til to the finals
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Vamza Aug 25, 2017 02:56 PM
R.Madrid will qualify for the next i don't know with which team #surecase
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MASTE CAN Aug 25, 2017 02:26 PM
I can't wait for group "H" but other groups is so easy.
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dlaisa charles Aug 25, 2017 01:04 PM
@Goldenzebra sorry to say this but i think u r dreaming my guy
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NHLANHLA1 Aug 25, 2017 10:45 AM
There's no tough group here all the big teams will make it to the next round. #Pride of England
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sabza92 Aug 25, 2017 10:38 AM
Leipzig and Man U
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thember tp Aug 25, 2017 10:36 AM
Go nd Shine CoetZee, anyway big up guys to play with champs
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Goldenzebra Aug 25, 2017 09:50 AM
Hhayibo miss editor what do u know the meaning of tough? There is nothing tough for Madrid here lol, the only group which is tough is the one for Barcelona I don't see them going thru!
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malesetati Aug 25, 2017 09:45 AM
Real is not in the Tough Group
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SowetoBOY Aug 25, 2017 09:37 AM
Those are small teams for Hala madrid especially the top 4 hopefuls in they're league.
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real-madrid Aug 25, 2017 09:33 AM
@Nick#10 u smoke donkeys sperms

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