Champions League draw - group-by-group verdict on who will qualify

Tyler Owen
September 1, 2018

Furthermore, the former Wolfsburg player believes Luka Modric deserved the 2017-18 Uefa Men's Player of the Year award after beating off competition from former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo, 33, was a notable absentee at the awards ceremony held in Monaco on Thursday evening, where he was snubbed for the Best Player award to former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric.

"My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything", said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final.

Since helping Real Madrid to the Champions League victory over Liverpool three months ago, Ronaldo brought an end to his nine-year stay at the Bernabeu by completing a move to Juventus.

The 44-year-old insists that Group B, which is composed of Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV and Inter Milan, appears to be the most hard.

Yes, Santiago Bernabeu side have performed excellently in the last 5 Champions League seasons.

Swiss champions Young Boys, group-stage debutants, look to be the makeweights in the section.

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"He is a player who has a very different talent, he improves anyone who is around him".

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Young Boys will be making their debut in the group stage after falling in the playoff round the past two years. "Valencia have invested heavily in the team with financially strong investors from Singapore, and of course we are blatant outsiders, but we want to benefit from these highly attractive games".

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen.

They should have no problem in negotiating safe passage from the first round, facing Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim.

Instead, Griezmann sees himself in the pack behind the duo and he even went as far as naming those players that he compares himself to.

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