Villarreal-Monaco in CL playoffs

Villarreal have been handed a tricky tie in Friday’s Champions League playoff draw as awaiting them are French giants Monaco.

Villarreal and Monaco both qualified for the playoff phase via the League route, having finished fourth in La Liga and third in Ligue 1 last season respectively.

Monaco were Valencia’s opponents in the playoffs last season, although Leonardo Jardim’s side were beaten 4-3 by Los Che over two legs.

Other standout ties see Porto and Roma lock horns, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest.

The first legs will be played across August 16-17, with the return fixtures lined up for a week later.

Champions League playoff draw in full:

Ludogorets v Viktoria Plzen

Celtic v Hapoel Beer-Sheva

Kobenhavn v APOEL

Dundalk v Legia Warsaw

Dinamo Zagreb v Red Bull Salzburg

Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City

Porto v Roma

Ajax v Rostov

BSC Young Boys v Borussia Monchengladbach

Villarreal v Monaco

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