Champions League revamp benefits big 4 leagues

Europe's top four domestic leagues are to be guaranteed four places each in the group stages of the Champions League from the 2018-19 season.

Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic round out a tough section, meaning there is a possibility of Kolo Toure facing his brother Yaya when the Scottish champions take on City.

The draw for the Champions League group stages has set.

"We are happy that European football remains united behind the concepts of solidarity, fair competition, fair distribution and good governance".

The Foxes, fancied as relegation candidates last season, shocked the world to go on and win the Premier League title and in the process earned a spot at Europe's top table. "It is a very hard competition to win - for everybody - and you need luck along the way, but we are ready and always trying to improve". The draw has brought us trips to Spain, France and Croatia. "Better like this. Bring it on".

The holders Real Madrid have been pitted against Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw in Group F.

Spanish coach Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barca, faced the Catalans when he was in charge of Bayern Munich two seasons ago and suffered a 5-3 defeat in the semifinals.

"We and Atletico are the group favourites, but we mustn't underestimate the others at all". "It is a delightful group, equally hard and attractive".

"Playing against Real is, for Dortmund, nearly a classic".

Bayern, now under triple Champions League victor Carlo Ancelotti, and Atletico are clear favourites to progress from Group D which also features PSV Eindhoven and Russian league runners-up Rostov who are also group-stage debutants.

It was one of three successive semi-final eliminations that Guardiola suffered in as many seasons at Bayern.

"Atletico Madrid already threw FC Bayern out of the competition last season. This group won t be easy".

Group A: PSG, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad.

The reigning English Premier League champions will face Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in Group F.

"Celtic will be hard as well - I love watching Celtic play Rangers and games like that and they are friends of ours so as I say, it's an unbelievable group". "For this reason we must fight for everything". Most of my life I spent there. "Now we are in the Champions League and we have another wonderful opportunity to show our quality", Ranieri told the club's website.

"When I moved here in Rostov from Atletico Madrid, a lot of people said that it was a mistake but in fact I worked hard and now we're in the UEFA Champions League group stage", Ezatolahi said.

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