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UEFA Champions League Draw

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The Champions League draw for the group stages has taken place and thrown up some intriguing ties for English clubs including

Premier League Champions Chelsea have been joined in Group G by Pourtuguese giants Porto, a team manager Jose Mourinho won the Champions League with in 2004, Ukranian side Dynamo Kiev and Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv and should comfortably qualify for the next stage.

Manchester United made it through to the group stages with a 7-1 aggregate victory over Club Brugge and Louis van Gaal’s side who missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last season have been draw against Dutch side PSV Eidhoven, CSKA Moscow from Russia and German side, Wolfsburg.

Manuel Pellegrini’s table topping Manchester City side will hope to finally play well in Europe after recent season’s have seen them disappoint and will face last season’s runners up Juventus as well as Spanish side Sevilla and German’s Borussia Monchengladbach.

Arsenal have been given a fairly favourable draw despite being drawn with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in Group F alongside Greek side Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb. Manager Arsene Wenger will have high hopes of getting to the second stage of the competition.

Elsewhere in the group stages Champions League winners Barcelona were drawn with Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma whilst fellow Spaniards Real Madrid were drawn with French champions PSG. Atletico Madrid will face a group with both Benfica and Galatasaray. Full groups can be found below.

Look out later for analysis of each of the English sides in the Champions League and their groups as we see what each side can expect to face in Europe this season.

Champions League Groups

Group A:  Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo

Group B:  PSV Eindhoven,  Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg

Group C:  Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana

Group D:  Juventus,  Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E:  Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Bate

Group F:  Bayern Munich,  Arsenal, Olympiakos, Dinamo Zagreb,

Group G:   Chelsea,  Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H:  Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon, Gent


About Andy Moore

Andy is Chief Editor of The Sports Lowdown and a sports journalist by profession having written for both print publications such as The Sun, The Rugby Paper as well as various online digital sites such as The Aviva Premiership, The Women's Super League plus many many more.

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