Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo can twist knife for Jose Mourinho after pair’s bitter fallout at Real Madrid

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THE fallout between Jose Mourinho and star Cristiano Ronaldo was spectacular.

They rubbed each other up the wrong way at Real Madrid, with the Special One coming off second best when he was forced out of the Bernabeu in 2013.

Jose Mourinho had a fallout with Cristiano Ronaldo during their time at Real Madrid
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Mourinho will come up against Ronaldo after Manchester United were pitted against Juventus in the Champions League
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The timing of their reunion is perfect. They play in the Champions League group phase, with Ronaldo facing his former club in the colours of Juventus for two unmissable games.

He has been back to Old Trafford before, given a rousing reception by Manchester United fans before his goal knocked them out in the last 16 in 2013.

This time there is an added twist. The Special One cannot stand Ronaldo, blaming his dressing room influence at Real Madrid as one of the reasons behind his ignominious exit.

Mourinho criticised Ronaldo for being one of the superstars who would spend time “looking in the mirror in the tunnel” before matches.

Juventus ace Ronaldo, 33, will return to his former stomping ground in the group stages
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Mourinho and Ronaldo spent three seasons together at the Bernabeu Stadium between 2010-2013
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Ronaldo is a Juve player now, linking up with Max Allegri’s formidable outfit after spending nine years as a Galactico.

This competition used to be Mourinho’s playground, starting when he won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 — before lifting the trophy again six years later with Inter Milan.

Last season, United were humbled by Sevilla, booed off at Old Trafford after a shocking 2-1 defeat in the second leg.

They now face a tricky path through this group stage, given the re-emergence of Valencia on the European scene and threat of Swiss champs Young Boys.

It is shaping up to be a classic group phase — Tottenham will also face Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has history with Barca, the one club he insists he could never manage after his playing and coaching career with bitter city rivals Espanyol.

Spurs came of age as a Champions League club with spectacular victories over Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid last season.

They came unstuck in the last 16 against Juve, caving in at Wembley when Gonzalo Higuain and Pablo Dybala showed their class.

They will be back at the national stadium for the group phase, pleading with Uefa to allow them to switch venues if they ever get the new White Hart Lane opened.

Even so, watching Lionel Messi at Wembley — where he scored in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final — will be another privilege for English football.

Then there is the clash with Inter, the club Gareth Bale scored his legendary San Siro hat-trick against in 2010.

Liverpool, losing finalists to Real last season, face Neymar’s Paris Saint- Germain in Group C, along with Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

Another big draw will be the chance to watch 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, the man who ripped Manchester City apart in a Monaco shirt in 2017.

Mbappe scored in each leg of that 6-6 aggregate last-16 draw with City, which saw the French through on away goals.

He is a World Cup winner now — and an even better player following his £166million move to PSG.

It will be a stiff test against the French champs, as it will when former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti returns to England with his latest club Napoli.

Even so, Jurgen Klopp has nothing to fear after their run to the final in Kiev, where Liverpool were undone by two Loris Karius blunders.

When are the Champions League matches?

18/19 September: Group stage matchday one

2/3 October: Group stage matchday two

23/24 October: Group stage matchday three

6/7 November: Group stage matchday four

27/28 November: Group stage matchday five

11/12 December: Group stage matchday six

17 December: Round of 16 draw

12/13 and 19/20 February: Round of 16 first leg

5/6 and 12/13 March: Round of 16 second leg

15 March: Quarter-final and semi-final draw

9/10 April: Quarter-finals first leg

16/17 April: Quarter-finals second leg

30 April/1 May: Semi-finals first leg

7/8 May: Semi-finals second leg

1 June: Final (Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid)

Red Devils manager Mourinho has seen his side suffer back-to-back Premier League defeats
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The Reds even beat City along the way, battering them 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

This draw has been kind to City, being picked in the same group as Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim.

They faced Shakhtar last season, topping their group with five wins before they were eventually beaten by the Ukrainian side in the final game.

Pep Guardiola has won two Champions League titles as a coach ­— in 2009 and 2011 with Barca — ­but the demand now is to really have a run at City.

Their semi-final defeat against Real Madrid under Manuel Pellegrini in 2016 is still City’s best performance.

Holders Real have Roma, CSKA Moscow and Czech champs Viktoria Plzen in the way of knockout football.