Champions League holders Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in a difficult group following the draw ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.
Barcelona did not get an easy pass either, as they were drawn against Juventus, Olympiakos, and Sporting in Group D.
Aside from Spurs, English teams received slightly easier draws, with Chelsea’s matchup with Atletico Madrid among the more challenging matchups, while Liverpool will face Sevilla.
Manchester United will face Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A, while Manchester City get Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.
Dortmund coach Peter Bosz said Madrid were the most difficult challenge his side could have been drawn against in Group H, which also features Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia.
“Real Madrid are the first team that could defend the Champions League title,” he said after the draw. “I also saw their matches against Barcelona and I have to say: That is the absolute top level in football right now.
“For me, it’ll be the first time at the Bernabeu, though for most BVB fans it will be well-known feeling. Against Tottenham, a very strong team, I already played successfully with Feyenoord. And Nicosia rounds off an overall tough group. We’re accepting the challenge.”
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky Germany that the club would look to the experience of finishing top of an equally tough group in 2012, when BVB went unbeaten against Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City before reaching the final.
“No doubt about it. This is the most difficult group,” he said. “But we’ve had that in 2012. We got through a group with Real and Manchester City. Heroes are born in those groups. Sure, we always get Real, and we played Tottenham in Europa League. But we can’t pick the teams.”
Teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same national association — as well as Russian and Ukrainian clubs — could not be drawn together.
Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.
Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic.
Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag.
Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP.
Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor.
Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.
Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.
Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia.
The first group games will be played on Sept. 12-13.