Liverpool draw Napoli and Spurs draw Bayern in Champions League Group Stages

AFP  Ruslan SHAMUKOV

AFP Ruslan SHAMUKOV

Liverpool are set to begin their title defence from a tough Group E after being pooled alongside Italian outfit Napoli as the Uefa Champions League draw took centre stage on Thursday night.

There will be glamour ties between familiar opponents elsewhere, with Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid renewing acquaintances with Paris Saint-Germain in Group A, the sides meeting in their opening game at the Parc des Princes.

Defending winners Liverpool, as well as Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all head to Monaco for this season's draw this evening.

Meanwhile, last season's runners-up Tottenham are in Group B where Champions League football will be hosted at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time when Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade and German giants Bayern Munich pay a visit.

"But we're in this competition to win it. People might think we're in it for the sake of it but we're in it to win it".

Group C will have another group stage rematch, as Manchester City will face Shakhtar for the second straight year.

Lampard admitted that the teams in Chelsea's group are not "walkover", adding that the West London club will have to be in their best to get through the group stage.

"Of course, we know Shakhtar very well", said Txiki.

The first group matches will be played on 17/18 September 2019.

Neil Lennon's side took on Rennes during pre-season and lost 5-4 on aggregate to Romania side Cluj in the Champions League qualifiers.

The Blues will return to playing in Europe's elite competition hoping to follow up their success in the Europa League last season. Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo will face a familiar foe in Atletico Madrid while also being joined by Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.

"They are a strong team, but we have to compete with them".

Zenit, Lyon, RB Leipzig, and Benfica is the hipster's choice, presenting four interesting clubs who will harbour ambitions of topping the group and even making a shock quarter-final appearance.

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