Champions League: Tottenham meet holders Real Madrid in group stage

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Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in June's Champions League final in Cardiff to lift the trophy for the 12th time - and for the third time in four seasons

Tottenham will face holders Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.

Spurs were drawn in Group H alongside the Spanish giants, German side Borussia Dortmund and Apoel of Cyprus.

The draw pits the Premier League runners-up against Wales winger Gareth Bale, who left Spurs for Real in 2013.

Spurs start at Wembley against Dortmund, before travelling to Cyprus and Spain. They then host Real and visit Germany before ending the group stage of the competition against Apoel.

Scottish champions Celtic face a tough test in a group with Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain and Anderlecht.

Brendan Rodgers' side host PSG, then travel to Belgium, before a double header with Bayern. They then go to Paris before hosting Anderlecht in Group B.

Premier League champions Chelsea have been drawn to play Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag in Group C - starting their campaign at home against the Azerbaijan champions.

And Europa League winners Manchester United face Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A, with their first match at home against the Swiss.

Manchester City, who finished third in the Premier League last season, are up against Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F - starting against the Dutch champions.

While Liverpool, who beat Hoffenheim in a play-off to secure their place in the draw in Monaco, will meet Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Maribor in Group E, with the Spanish side visiting Anfield first.

The group stages begin on 12-13 September.

Five English clubs are contesting the group stage of a Champions League campaign for the first time.

The last time six British teams qualified for the group stages was in 2007-08, when English sides Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal were joined by Scottish clubs Celtic and Rangers. The final saw Sir Alex Ferguson's United beat Avram Grant's Chelsea on penalties.

Groups at a glance

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Qarabag

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord

Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoel

When are the group stage match days?

Match day one: 12-13 September

Match day two: 26-27 September

Match day three: 17-18 October

Match day four: 31 October-1 November

Match day five: 21-22 November

Match day six: 5-6 December

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