Champions League draw reactions: Liverpool F.C.'s Brendan Rodgers says, 'Initially, excited'

Aug 29 2014, 14:21 IST
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Group A Atletico Madrid (Spain) Juventus (Italy) Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece) Malmo (Sweden) (Reuters) Group A Atletico Madrid (Spain) Juventus (Italy) Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece) Malmo (Sweden) (Reuters)
SummaryReaction to the draw for the Champions League Group Stage made in Monaco on Thursday...

Reaction to the draw for the Champions League Group Stage made in Monaco on Thursday: Group A Atletico Madrid (Spain) Juventus (Italy) Olympiakos Piraeus (Greece) Malmo (Sweden)

Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero:

"Big teams, all of them champions of their respective leagues. We are going to meet some great players who will make it very difficult but we will compete at our top level, as we always do, to reach the last 16."

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta:

"Sincerely, it's not too bad a group. Of course, there are pitfalls: Malmo are in full activity in a championship that finishes in November. But we will honor the shirt we wear."

Olympiakos coach Michel:

"Both Atletico and Juventus are very strong opponents. There were easier options for us, but one always has to fight. My hope is that my players will be consistent and produce high-level performances in all encounters."

Group B Real Madrid (Spain) Basel (Switzerland) Liverpool F.C. (England) Ludogorets (Bulgaria)

Liverpool F.C. manager Brendan Rodgers:

"Initially, we're excited. To be back in it again, no matter who we were going to play, it was always going to be exciting. But to have Real Madrid in your group, the champions last season, is going to be special. I'm already thinking of Anfield on that night."

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre:

"We're pleased with the group, it's particularly special to have got Real Madrid in the group. We respect everyone, but obviously we've great memories of games against Real Madrid so it's very special for us."

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher on Twitter: Great draw for LFC decent chance to get through and the experience for the players of playing against Madrid. Real away my first Euro trip as a fan.

Ludogorets coach Georgi Dermendzhiev:

"I'm happy with the draw. Real Madrid will blow up Bulgaria and so many people will be able to see them thanks to Ludogorets. Look what a team, based in a town (with a population) of 30,000 achieved...

"Liverpool are a very strong team too and we know Basel because we met them last year. We'll win some points, I just don't want to play against Real in the first match.

"I can assure you that you'll see a stronger Ludogorets from now on."

Group C Benfica (Portugal) Zenit St Petersburg (Russia) Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) Monaco (France)

Bayer Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Voeller:

"We've copped the best team in the fourth pot with Monaco. Before that we had perhaps been a bit

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