Updated: Aug 30, 2018
UEFA Champions League 2018-2019 is ready to start. Monaco pots built up the group stage draw for the competition with a lot of fascinating challenges. Hard UCL debut for Swiss side Old Boys who will face Juventus, Manchester United and Valencia.
Former Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon will come back to his native country with Paris Saint Germain to face Napoli again after last years spending most of the season in a face to face race for the Italian Serie A. Napoli are currently trained by former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Another emotional come back for Paul Pogba will be when Manchester United go up against Juventus.
Champions League holders Real Madrid will face Roma, as happened many times in the recent history, while the group stage seems to be easy for Manchester City who will battle it out against Shaktar Donetsk, Hoffenheim and Lyon and as for Bayern Munich they were drawn in group E with Benfica, Ajax and AEK Athens.
An interesting and unpredictable group B with Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan in Group A with Borussia Dortmund are Monaco, Atletico Madrid and Club Brugges. Here below are all the rankings:
Group A: Atlético Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Internazionale Milano
Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena Zvezda
Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray
Group E: Bayern München, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens
Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim
Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moskva, Viktoria Plzeň
Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys
The final venue is scheduled to happen on June 1st 2019 in Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. The first match day will be on september 18/19 following this calendar:
Matchday one: 18/19 September
Matchday two: 2/3 October
Matchday three: 23/24 October
Matchday four: 6/7 November
Matchday five: 27/28 November
Matchday six: 11/12 December
Round of 16
Draw: 17 December
First legs: 12/13 & 19/20 February
Second legs: 5/6 & 12/13 March
Draw: 15 March
First legs: 9/10 April
Second legs: 16/17 April
Semi-finals and final
Draw: 15 March
Semi-finals, first legs: 30 April / 1 May
Semi-finals, second legs: 7/8 May
Final (Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid): 1 June