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Bayern Munich face Moscow and Manchester test after Champions League draw


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Bayern Munich face Moscow and Manchester test after Champions League draw

Reigning kings of European football Bayern Munich will face CSKA Moscow, Manchester City and Czech team Viktoria Plzen in the defence of their Champions League title after the draw for the group stage in Monaco.

There is no obvious ‘group of death’ although, like every year, fans of certain clubs will be left feeling slightly more apprehensive than others. Group F for example puts together Arsenal, Marseille, last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in what appears on paper to be the most evenly balanced of the pools.

Clubs from the same countries were kept apart in the draw while the UEFA’s coefficient system of seeding clubs, which is based on their performances over the last five seasons, meant that some newly successful teams such as Manchester City were in the third of four seeded pots. Similarly Napoli were drawn from a pot of the lowest seeds.

Here is the draw in full:

Group A


Manchester UnitedShakhtar DonetskBayer LeverkusenReal Sociedad

Group B


Real MadridJuventusGalatasarayFC Copenhagen

Group C


BenficaParis Saint GermainOlympiakosAnderlecht

Group D


Bayern MunichCSKA MoscowManchester CityViktoria Plzen

Group E


ChelseaSchalke 04FC BaselSteaua Bucharest

Group F


ArsenalMarseilleBorussia DortmundNapoli

Group G


FC PortoAthletico MadridZenit St. PetersburgAustria Vienna

Group H


FC BarcelonaAC MilanAjaxCeltic

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