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Manchester City are among the top seeds after winning the Premier League title

Manchester City are among the top seeds after winning the Premier League title

Manchester City and Manchester United both have straighforward tasks in getting beyond the group stages of the Champions League.

Young Boys were Swiss champions by a comfortable margin but nonetheless United are expected to qualify to the next round.

Barcelona heads a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, while three more former European champions Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax are together with underdog AEK Athens in Group E.

Jose Mourinho has already found himself under pressure at Old Trafford after his side's stuttering start to the Premier League season.

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Paris St Germain's star-studded squad await Liverpool, last season's runners-up, in Group C. Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Buffon et al will be keen to upset the Reds, who also play Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

The other two teams in Group G are CSKA Moscow and Roma, who got to the semi-finals last season.

Modric was chosen in a vote held by Champions League coaches and select journalists across Europe. Not only did he win a third successive UEFA Champions League title - and a record fifth overall - he also top-scored in the competition for a sixth straight season.

Fonseca's side did actually beat Manchester City in last year's group stage, but Pep Guardiola's men had already won the group and didn't take the game too seriously, giving Shakhtar an opening which they took to win and qualify for the Round of 16.

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West Ham was really good but then you come into another situation where you have to fight really hard and we did that. I'll give my all.my midfield partners have provided me with guidance and assistance.

"Manchester City are a massive challenge for us", said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann.

Though this method should make it as fair as possible, the results of the group stages aren't always easy to predict.

Group D has the least exciting fixtures, at least for the fans outside Europe, as Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray have been drawn into it.

But his most important goal game in the 90th minute against Juventus in the quarter-finals, scoring from the penalty spot to edge Real Madrid ahead 4-3 on aggregate - when their dreams of a 13th Champions League looked to be at risk.

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