Spurs to sit Bayern test in Champions League


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Tottenham Hotspur have been handed the challenge of facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage following Thursday’s draw in Nyon.

Beaten by Liverpool in last season’s final in Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit are in a group with five-time European Cup winners Bayern, plus Olympiakos and Crvena Zvezda. Defending champions Liverpool meanwhile have familiar foes in Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, while Jurgen Klopp’s men are joined in Group E by Salzburg and Genk.

Premier League champions Manchester City were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Serie A outfit Atalanta, newcomers to the group stage of the Champions League. Frank Lampard’s first experience of the competition as a manager will see him leading Chelsea into battle with 2019 semi-finalists Ajax as well as Valencia and Lille.

A trio of former winners are together in Group F, with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan joined by Slavia Prague, while Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are the headline acts in Group A alongside Club Brugge and Galatasaray. Italian champions Juventus must negotiate a path past Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Group stage draw in full: Group A: Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray Group B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade Group C: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow Group E: Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague Group G: Zenit St Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, RB Leipzig Group H: Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille Manchester City are 4.33 favourites to win the Champions League this season, with Barcelona at 6.00 and Paris St-Germain 10.00.

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