Real get Liverpool in Champions League
European greats Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet again in the group stage of the Champions League after a draw yesterday that promised many reunions.
Aiming to be the first club to retain world football's most coveted club trophy for 25 years, the road for ten-time winners Madrid leads to five-time champions Liverpool on October 22.
"It's going to be a very tough game in their home," said Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Madrid team also faces Basel and newcomer Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria. "I think in general, the group is nice. It's going to be good for Real Madrid."
Madrid and Liverpool's past history includes the English team's victories in the 1981 final and a 4-0 rout at Anfield in the Round of 16 six seasons ago.
Star forwards Luis Suarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can both return to former club Ajax in a group where their current teams, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, are favoured. APOEL of Cyprus complete the group.
Group A: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Juventus (Italy), Olympiakos (Greece), Malmo (Sweden).
Group B: Real Madrid (Spain), Basel (Switzerland), Liverpool (England), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria).
Group C: Benfica (Portugal), Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Monaco (France).
Group D: Arsenal (England), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Galatasaray (Turkey), Anderlecht (Belgium).
Group E: Bayern Munich (Germany), Manchester City (England), CSKA Moscow (Russia), AS Roma (Italy).
Group F: Barcelona (Spain), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Ajax (Netherlands), APOEL (Cyprus).
Group G: Chelsea (England), Schalke (Germany), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia).
Group H: Porto (Portugal), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Athletic Bilbao (Spain), BATE Borisov (Belarus).