Champions League: Ronaldo to face Atlético

30 August 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo will go up against Atlético Madrid once again after Juventus were drawn against the Spanish giants in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Ronaldo has been a thorn in the side of Atlético for almost a decade after finding the net 22 times against the club during his time at Real Madrid.

The Portuguese star tormented his old rivals once more last season when Juventus played Atlético in the round of 16.

Atlético went into the second leg commanding a 2-0 lead after a blistering first leg performance.

But Ronaldo ensured he’d be making the headlines as the forward netted a hat-trick to see Juventus progress to the quarterfinals 3-2 on aggregate.

The pair will meet in the first group stage fixture on September 18 at the Wanda Metropolitano before heading to the Allianz Stadium on matchday five in November.

Two of Europe’s biggest sides will collide in the group stage as Paris Saint-Germain go up against Real Madrid in Group A.

Real Madrid relinquished their grip on the Champions League last season after exiting at the round of 16 stage.

Los Blancos will be keen to make amends for that early exit and will face Club Brugge and Galatasaray alongside the French champions.

PSG and Real Madrid last played in the Champions League in 2018 when Madrid prevailed 5-2 on aggregate.

In fact Real Madrid have enjoyed a host of success against the Parisians, also beating the French outfit in group stage in the 2015-16 campaign, prevailing 1-0 at the Bernabéu.

Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages for a third straight season.

City have won three of the four previous encounters including a 6-0 hammering of the Ukrainian side in November 2018.

The Premier League champions are joined by Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta, who are making their debut in the competition.

Elsewhere defending champions Liverpool kick off their attempts to make it back-to-back Champions League titles with a trip to Napoli.

The Reds lost 1-0 last at the Stadio San Paolo thanks to Lorenzo Insigne’s last-minute goal.

The two giants are joined by Genk and Red Bull Salzburg in Group E.

FC Barcelona have drawn into a mouth-watering group alongside two former winners of the competition.

Borussia Dortmund, winners in 1997, and Inter, who were triumphant in 2010, are joined by Slavia Prague in Group F.

Barça face Inter in the group stages last season, winning at the Camp Nou and drawing at the San Siro.

Inter will be hoping to go one step further than last season after finishing third in their group.

Chelsea’s return to the Champions League sees them go up against last year’s semi-finalists Ajax.

The Blues won the Europa League last season, defeating Arsenal 4-1 in the final in Baku.

Valencia CF and Lille also make up Group H in what will be a tough task for Frank Lampard’s side to progress to the last 16.