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Champions League Draw: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham learn their group stage fate

Holders Liverpool are drawn against Napoli, with Man City facing Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea up against Ajax and Tottenham in a group with Bayern Munich as the Premier League sides learn who they will face in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham now know the first teams in their path to Istanbul’s Atatürk stadium and the 2020 Champions League final following the group-stage draw.

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Who have the Premier League teams drawn?

Holders Liverpool have been drawn in Group E alongside Napoli, who they were up against at this stage on their way to last season's triumph, as well as Salzburg of Austria and Belgian side Genk.

Premier League champions Man City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, as they did in last season's group stage, as well as GNK Dinamo and newcomers Atalanta in Group C.

Europa League winners Chelsea are in Group H against last season's surprise package Ajax, La Liga side Valencia and Lille of Ligue 1.

In Group B last season's beaten finalists Tottenham are up against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and a Red Star team that beat Liverpool in the 2018/19 group stage.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds beat Napoli 1-0 at Anfield on matchday six last year, losing by the same scoreline to the Serie A side away from home. Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will face former side Salzburg and Belgian champions Genk make up their group.

It's another familiar face for Pep Guardiola's side who face Shakhtar for the third season in a row and will be confident having won both games at this stage last season. They face Croatian opponents in the shape of Dinamo for the first time in their history as well as going up against Champions League debutants Atalanta.

The same can not be said of Frank Lampard's Chelsea who have never met Ajax or Lille in European competition. But what Blues fans will most likely be focussing on is that on the two previous occasions they have come up against Valencia at this stage they have gone on to reach the final.

Spurs too will be hoping history repeats itself as the last time they met Bayern, in the 1983-84 UEFA Cup, they knocked them out on their way to winning the trophy. If they are to do so they will have to navigate three very difficult away games to progress from the group.

The Champions League group stage draw in full

Full group stage fixture list

The group stage matches are played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights across six separate weeks from September to December. Here is a full list of the dates and times of each match.

Must watch games and dates for the diary

The draw has thrown up some unmissable fixtures and here are the very best of them.

Matchday 1

Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona - Tuesday 17 September (8pm)

Napoli v Liverpool - Tuesday 17 September (8pm)

Atletico Madrid v Juventus - Wednesday 18 September (8pm)

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid - Wednesday 18 September (8pm)

Matchday 2

Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munich - Tuesday 1 October (8pm)

Barcelona v Inter Milan - Wednesday 2 October (8pm)

Matchday 3

Ajax v Chelsea - Tuesday 23 October (5.55pm)

Inter Milan v Borussia Dortmund - Wednesday 23 October (8pm)

Matchday 4

Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan - Tuesday 5 November (8pm)

Chelsea v Ajax - Tuesday 5 November (8pm)

Matchday 5

Juventus v Atletico Madrid - Tuesday 26 November (8pm)

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain - Tuesday 26 November (8pm)

Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund - Wednesday 27 November (8pm)

Liverpool v Napoli - Wednesday 27 November (8pm)

Matchday 6

Inter Milan v Barcelona - Tuesday 10 December (8pm)

Bayern Munich v Tottenham Hotspur - Wednesday 11 December (8pm)

What the Premier League sides made of their draws

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “Napoli are just a really good side. The home game we played against Napoli was one of the best games we played because it was so rock solid.

“It was important not to concede against Napoli with the strength they have in counter-attacks. The way they play is clear and it’s really good.

“Carlo [Ancelotti] has such experience and has won the competition so often. When they went out last year, it was pretty close – Alisson made a big save in the last seconds, so they will remember that and it will be emotional, I am pretty sure.

“With the other two teams, I know how people are and immediately they will say these are the two 'smaller teams' of the group. They are not.

“I am not sure how it is for Genk, but for Salzburg they fought for so long and so hard to be part of the Champions League, so they will fight with whatever they have. They will have 30,000 in their stadium who will show how long they were waiting for it.”

Man City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain: “Of course, we know Shakhtar very well. They are always difficult, and this will be the third time we have been drawn together.

“Zagreb and Atalanta are new opponents for us, but both teams play really good football and I think you will see some great games in this group.

“Atalanta did really well last season, they are strong and played good football – Italian teams are always tough to play against. Zagreb, too.

“It will be difficult, but we are confident and as I say, I think you will see some really good football played in this group.”

Chelsea technical and performance advisor Petr Cech: “I think it is a very even group.

“All the teams have a lot of quality and it is one of those groups where everybody can beat everybody so this makes it very interesting but we can be satisfied with the draw. We avoided long travel so that was one of the positives.

“They are new teams for the Chelsea fans [Ajax and Lille] and for the club so it is going to be interesting encounters but Ajax had a fantastic season last season so they will want to repeat that, but we are looking forward to the challenge and I hope we are going to go through.

“We will like to do the best that is possible, so obviously compete in every game, try to win and go through the group stage and once you reach the knockout stages, anything can happen.

“So we will see how we go but the first target is to try to go through the group stage and qualify for the next round.”

Tottenham striker Harry Kane: "We got to the final last year so we should take huge confidence from that.

"It shows we can beat the best in Europe. The aim is always to win it and coming second last year makes us hungry to go one step further, so hopefully we can.

"I think it’s a good draw. We’re up against teams we haven’t played in the competition before so it will be a good test.

"Bayern Munich are obviously one of the best teams in Europe so it will be tough, but we feel we are capable of beating any team."

Key stats for the English quartet

  • Liverpool will be looking to become the first English team to reach three consecutive Champions League/European Cup finals.
  • Over the last two Champions League campaigns, Liverpool have scored more goals (65) and won more games (15) than any other side in the competition.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield in all European competitions since October 2014 (W16 D6), since a 0-3 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage of the 2014-15 season.
  • None of Manchester City’s 48 Champions League group games have ended goalless. There have been 161 goals scored in those matches, at an average of 3.35 per game.
  • Chelsea have the best win rate in the Champions League group stages (inc. group stage 1st and 2nd) among all English teams (min. 7 games), with the Blues winning 59% of their games (57/96).
  • Since the Europa League winners gained automatic entry to the Champions League (2015-16), none of the winners of the tournament have made it past the Champions League last 16 stage.
  • Tottenham conceded the most goals in the Champions League last season (19). Indeed, the only English clubs to concede more in a single CL campaign were Newcastle in 2002-03 and Leeds in 2000-01 (both 21).
  • Tottenham have lost three of their last four Champions League matches (W1), as many defeats as they’d registered in their previous 18 (W11 D4 L3).

Who will be showing the games on TV and online?

BT Sport is the exclusive UK home of the Champions League and will be showing every single game live across its TV and digital platforms from matchday 1 right through until the final.

What are the Champions League group stage dates?

Matchday 1: 17-18 September 2019

Matchday 2: 1-2 October 2019

Matchday 3: 22-23 October 2019

Matchday 4: 5-6 November 2019

Matchday 5: 26-27 November 2019

Matchday 6: 10-11 December 2019

What are the Champions League knock-out stage dates?

Round of 16 draw: 16 December 2019

Round of 16 first legs: 18/19/25/26 February 2020

Round of 16 second legs: 10/11/17/18 March 2020

Quarter-final and semi-final draw: 20 March 2020

Quarter-final first legs: 7/8 April 2020

Quarter-final second legs: 14/15 April 2020

Semi-final first legs: 28/29 April 2020

Semi-final second legs: 5/6 May 2020

Final: 30 May 2020, Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul

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