Chelsea against Atletico, Tottenham versus Real Madrid in Champions League
English champions, Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C in a draw which brings Diego Costa’s ongoing exile into renewed focus, the Evening Standard reported. The group stage, which begins on September 12 and 13, had the draw in Monaco on Thursday.
Premier League champions Chelsea were drawn in Group C alongside Costa’s former club Atletico. Roma and Qarabag, the first Azerbaijan side to reach the group stages, are also in Group C.
Tottenham, runners-up behind their London rivals in May, face the unenviable task of facing holders Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H, as well as Cyprus’ APOEL. Real Madrid won Europe’s elite club competition in Cardiff in June, becoming the first team in the Champions League era to win back-to-back titles.
Their draw with Tottenham reunites Gareth Bale with his former club. The final takes place at the NSK Olimpiyskyi in Kiev on May 26, 2018.
Scottish champions Celtic, play-off winners over Kazakhstan’s Astana, are also in a challenging pool, against Bayern Munich, Paris St Germain and Anderlecht in Group B.
Manchester United, who qualified by winning the Europa League in May, received a favourable draw in Group A alongside Benfica, Basle and CSKA Moscow.
Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F. Five-time winners Liverpool, who advanced via the play-offs with victory over Hoffenheim, will play Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E.
Just two groups featured non-British teams. Juventus, runners-up in Cardiff in June, face Barcelona, Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon in Group D while Group G features Monaco, Porto, Besiktas and RB Leipzig.