Football fans react to UCL draws as Real Madrid begin title defence against Roma

Football fans react to UCL draws as Real Madrid begin title defence against Roma

- This season's Champions League will get underway on September 18 with exciting fixtures

- Defending champions Real Madrid will battle last season's semi finalists AS Roma in their first game as they are drawn in Group G

- Liverpool are in Group C along with PSG, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade

Spanish league giants Real Madrid will begin their UEFA Champions League title defence against Italian League side AS Roma on September 18.

The Galacticos won their third straight UCL title in May following their 3-1 victory over Premier League side Liverpool in Kiev.

Their triumph over Jurgen Klopp's men late last season ensured their dominance in European football remain intact as they are the most successful club in Europe with 13 titles.

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Real are drawn in Group G alongside Roma, CSKA Moskva, and Victoria Plzen with both Spanish League and Italian League representatives tipped to progress through to the next stage of the competition.

This will be the first time the Santiago Bernabeu will be filling out in Europe without Cristiano Ronaldo who joined Juventus earlier this summer.

La Liga champions Barcelona are in Group B with Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and PSV in what can be considered one of the toughest groups this season.

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Sergio Ramos reacting to the draws said that: "The Champions League is always a special competition; last year we were able to defend it again.

"Three in a row – why not a fourth? You have to keep dreaming, aim high and believe in the team.

"We do that, and we’re going to try to play another big role in the competition." Ramos told UEFA website after the draws."

Dortmund coach Lucien Favre also has this to say concerning his side's chances in this season's campaign of the European elite club championship.

"It’s a difficult draw with strong opponents, especially Atlético. They are a very experienced and well-organised team.

"Monaco beat Man. City two years ago and went on to the semi-finals. Brugge have great team spirit.

"At the World Cup, the national team demonstrated how strong Belgian football is right now. But we like a challenge."

Inter Milan's vice-president Javier Zanetti admits that his side are in a difficult group, however insisted that they have a very good chance to reach the next stage of the tournament.

"We are in a difficult group; we were not expecting it to be so difficult, but we will have all the time we need to prepare every game in the best possible way.

"Barcelona are not all about Messi: they have plenty of players who can change a game all in a sudden just with a piece of skill. Facing teams like this, however, can only help us to improve and raise our standards."

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Champions League draws were held in Switzerland as teams will be aiming for glory in the elite competition.

All 32 teams have been shared into eight groups as this season's showpiece is set to begin in September.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be making an emotional return to Old Trafford as Juventus will be taking on Manchester United in Group H with Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys.

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