Tottenham learn Champions League fate

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Tottenham have been drawn alongside Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Crvena Zvezda in Group B of the Champions League.

The 2018-19 Champions League runners-up will feel confident about their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the competition this season.

Both Bayern and Crvena Zvezda have previously lifted the European title with the former doing it most recently in 2013.

Indeed, the German giants are five-time winners of the competition, while Crvena won the Champions League in 1991.

Olympiacos have never made it beyond the quarter-final stage, having reached that point once in 1999, but they have advanced to the last-16 seven times.

It’s Tottenham’s fourth consecutive appearance in the elite European tournament and they will be regarded as serious contenders after their exploits in 2018-19.

They edged through their group last season with eight points before seeing off Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Ajax en route to the final.

But Liverpool prevailed in the showpiece event at the Wanda Metropolitano, claiming a 2-0 victory, and Spurs will undoubtedly be motivated to go one better this time around.

The toughest test for Mauricio Pochettino’s men will come against German champions Bayern in a repeat of the Audi Cup final from earlier this summer.

Tottenham won that clash at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on penalties after the two heavyweights battled to a 2-2 draw in regular time.

They have met four times previously in competitive action with Tottenham winning on just one occasion in the UEFA Cup in 1983-84.

The north London side have lost on both of their visits to Germany in the UEFA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.

Olympiacos and Red Star both had to come through qualifying to reach the group stage but can’t be disregarded by the Premier League club.

The Greek outfit played in the Europa League last term but return to the Champions League after beating Istanbul Basaksehir and Krasnodar.

Meanwhile, Crvena coasted to victory in the Serbian league last season and have proven to be a solid defensive unit during qualifying.

Crvena have come through four qualifying rounds to seal their berth in the group stage and just about managed to edge past Young Boys on away goals in the playoffs.

Match-day one will take place on either September 17 or 18 with the group stage set to be concluded by December 10 and 11.

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