I'm extremely happy at Real Madrid - Modric

Tottenham have moved up to pot two in this year's draw

Ronaldo's former Real teammates cleaned up at the event with Luka Modric crowned the best player and midfielder for the 2017-18 UCL campaign, Sergio Ramos named the best defender and Keylor Navas the best goalkeeper.

The trophy returns to Madrid given that the holder till today was Ronaldo.

The midfielder was instrumental in Madrid winning the Champions League for the third year in a row under Lopetegui's predecessor Zinedine Zidane, Modric also pipping Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to the prize.

Modric helped Madrid to win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. "A very hard group with one of the biggest candidates to reach the final [in Juventus] and a team who made an incredible investment on top of a fantastic team they had, so a big, big candidate".

Manchester United and Liverpool could be in for a tough time in the Chamions League group stage if it turns out anything like Roma's simulation of the draw.

City's odds for the title have been cut from this afternoon, they were priced at 6/1 with most bookmakers to lift the Champions League, but are now as short as 9/2 in most places.

"Having played against Real Madrid last season, there is some symmetry to it, playing Barca this time around".

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Real Madrid are the champions and won the last three editions whereas the Final will be played in Madrid at Atletico Madrid stadium at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann, for his part, said he's looking forward to facing the Premier League champions in the group.

Manchester United have been drawn against Juventus, the winners of Serie A in each of the last seven seasons.

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan. "I don't say that because he is our player, but as a lover of football".

UEFA pays €2.7 million (US$3.2 million) per group-stage win and €900,000 (US$1.05 million) for a draw.

Liverpool will find out who they will face during the group stages at 5pm tonight when the Champions League draw is made.

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