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Friday, August 30, 2013

Champions League Draw – Arsenal Land Tough Group, as Barca Face Milan for Third Time

The draw for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League brought up some interesting clashes with Arsenal finding themselves in the group of death while Barcelona landed another group stage encounter against AC Milan for the third time in a row.

The Gunners who advanced to the group stages after crushing Fenerbahce in the play-offs have landed a tough group that includes last season’s losing finalists Borussia Dortmund, Serie A giants Napoli and 9-times French Ligue 1 champions Olympique Marseille.

Reigning champions Bayern Munich were pooled in Group D alongside Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City, Russian side CSKA Moscow, and Czech Republic outfit Viktoria Plzen while Manchester United got arguably a safe landing after being drawn against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusen and La Liga side Real Sociedad in Group A.

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are in Group E where they will face Schalke and two teams they conquered on their way to winning last season’s Europa League, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest. Scottish champions Celtic find themselves in a tough group that also has Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan while an open Group G has Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg and Austria Viena.

Last season’s losing semi-finalists and 9-time champion Real Madrid have been pooled against Serie A topdogs Juventus, Turkey’s Galatasaray and Danish side FC Copenhagen while Group C has spendthrifts Paris Saint Germain, Olympiakos and Anderlecht.

Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen
Group C: Benfica, Paris St Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht
Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

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