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Champions League group stage draw: Man City & Liverpool get lucky

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Premier League teams avoid some big sides

The 2019/20 Champions League groups were drawn on Thursday the 29th of August.

When all sides were drawn, it was largely the Premier League teams that had been handed, on paper, some fairly easy groups.

Apart from Tottenham, the PL teams managed to avoid a lot of the big sides such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and PSG.

Liverpool won last season’s competition, earning their 6th ever CL trophy.

The Red’s were drawn in Group E with a familiar opponent Napoli, who were also in Liverpool’s group last season.

Liverpool’s remaining two Group E opponents were Salzburg and Genk

Man City were drawn in Group C along with Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Serie A outfit, Atalanta.

Chelsea had a slightly harder group than the two above-mentioned sides. They will face Valencia, last season’s semi-finalists Ajax and LOSC Lille.

Tottenham have perhaps the toughest test in their group as they must take on FC Bayern Munich. But their remaining two games should prove fairly easy for the North London outfit. They are Olympiacos and Crvena Zvezda.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (l) and Pep Guardiola react during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The toughest groups

Elsewhere in the draw, there are some pretty tough groups that should produce some exciting clashes.

Group F could perhaps be the toughest of this campaign as it consists of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.

Group D should also produce some quality games between Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Elsewhere, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid find themselves in Group A with PSG probably their biggest test.

The easiest group of the draw on paper, is arguably Group G.

You can see all of the groups below.

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